Flat Daddy

November 24, 2008 | 10:08 p.m. CST
Amanda Stapp and Kathleen Kaumans, both of Columbia, watch as friends take their turns bowling on Sunday. A life-size cardboard mock-up of Stapp's husband, Jason Stapp, a National Guardsman deployed to Kosovo in May, accompanies the group to Town and Country Lanes almost every Sunday. The figure is designed to help loved ones cope with the absence of family members in the military.

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