The Bennethums say the response to their photo has been surprising and wonderful.
Strangers who have been touched by the image's symbolism -- a soldier standing at attention while his daughter wipes her eye -- flooded the Berks County family with well wishes, prayers and support.
From offers to fix the family's sub-par computer so that the kids can video chat with their dad, to offers of making care packages for Staff Sgt. Bennethum's unit, to just simple prayers, the family is overwhelmed by offers from strangers.
"I want to read everything that's been sent to me," Abby said of the hundreds of Facebook messages, emails, phone calls and visits. "It's gonna take some time."
The local VFW has reached out and offered to collect and ship any care packages to Staff Sgt. Bennethum's unit. Those interested can send packages to Sinking Spring VFW 6150, 550 Columbia Avenue, Sinking Spring, Pa. 19608 or call 610.670.1011.
"Thank you and I'm amazed by the support and response ... all the troops can use the support," Abby said.
As for Paige, the child in the original photo, she feels "happy" about the response. Although she adds that she still misses her daddy.