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HVP November 2019

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Page 8 of 35 n Hudson Valley Parent 9 great sandwiches at the Thayer Gate Deli in Highland Falls. Being a military wife takes a good measure of flexibility and under- C aptain Lori Daniels loves the Academy at West Point and the site's breathtaking views. She and her husband, Mike, a major, and their daughter, Evie, 3, moved to the Hudson Valley after living at a post in Germany. The family has been based at West Point for the past year-and-a-half. Having been inspired by the military's sense of adventure and call of duty, Daniels and her husband met at Fort Hood in Texas and have served for 15 years. One of the perks of military life is the travel that comes with it, said Daniels. Togeth- er, the couple has lived in 16 coun- tries around the globe. "We were immersed in the cul- tures," said Daniels of the opportuni- ty to experience other ways of life. For a time, Daniels, 38, worked K atrina Innocenti was an intern at Michael Kors in New York City when she volunteered to be a date for her now husband, who was at the United States Mili- tary Academy at West Point. After marrying in 2011, the couple moved to Colorado, Innocenti's home-state since she was 13, while he did a stint in the state of Washington. Today the couple and their 3-year-old son, Luca, are back in the area, living on base at West Point for the past year- and-a-half. During the cross-country move, Innocenti, 32, said her son's iPad was lifesaver. Now he attends St. Philip's Nursery School in Garrison a few days a week. "We're settling in, finding new things to do," she said, and get- ting involved in activities. Already, they've enjoyed pick-your-own ap- ples and strawberries at area farms, visiting baby goats at Jones Farm in Cornwall and having fun at Hurds Family Farm in Modena. They're also checking out new restaurants, like Prima Pizza in Cornwall and the in human resources but she's now positioned in West Point's inspector general's office where she files com- pliance work directly for the super- intendent. Her husband, however, is studying communications, marketing and public relations at Columbia University in New York City and will graduate with a degree in communi- cations in May. "It's lonely," said Daniels, who is from San Antonio, Texas. "I miss being close to my family, but it's a blessing to have Mike's family an hour away." And, while she enjoys the Hudson Valley's changing seasons and many activities, she often telephones, texts and uses FaceTime help her family keep in touch with distant relatives. "Technology enables you to keep up relationships," she said. standing, said Innocenti. "You have to be independent," she said. "Be able to do things on your own and explore." The Innocenti family is having fun settling into the Hudson Valley from their new home at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Captain Lori Daniels and daughter, Evie, live at the United States Military Academy at West Point, while Daniels' husband earns a degree at Columbia University.

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