By Kristin M. Hall
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Army Spc. John Luckey and his wife, Kerry, already had five children and no plans for more when he came home from a year's duty in Iraq. But there was romance in the California air when the entire family went on a vacation to see the giant redwoods.
Nine months later, Kerry Luckey gave birth to a daughter, EmLee Rae.
Apparently many military couples at Fort Campbell celebrated like the Luckeys when about 20,000 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division came home last fall, because the military hospital here is now seeing a baby boom.
The hospital expects to deliver 210 babies a month soon, nearly twice the usual number of deliveries, and more are expected at other nearby hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky.
"You go around town and there are these big bellies everywhere. It's kind of fun to have all the babies around," said Kerry Luckey, who lives in Clarksville, near this Army post.
Honestly, what’s the first thing that you want to do after getting back from overseas deployment? First, get blindly drunk. Then check what you missed on TiVo and hope that AC Slater beat Steve Sanders in Dancing with the Stars. And then have wild, unprotected intercourse (ideally with a loved one). Because after you’ve dodged death at every turn, the last thing that you want is some latex between you and your partner. We wonder if Fort Campbell, KY is the only base experiencing this. We think it’s a better policy to get pregnant while at home rather than in Afghanistan, for which a female serviceman recently got sent home.