Former U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Perez served in the military for 10 years. She worked as a mechanic on the F/A-18 Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112. She repaired night vision goggle and mine sweepers. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 with the Ohio Army National Guard.

Perez, 40, was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2009 and fell in love with a soccer coach in California. She got married and immediately started a family. But her husband Marcos Perez, now 46, was in the U.S. illegally. He was detained after a traffic stop and deported in 2010.

“My oldest son was five or six months old when my husband was deported, and I was pregnant with my second son,” Perez said.

The Perez family will be the subject of a PBS Documentary airing April 15, “Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” The film follows Elizabeth Perez through her struggles to raise the family in the U.S. without her husband. Perez said she hopes it will show how hard separation is and humanize a topic that has become so politically charged.