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It was February in Texas and believe it or not it was freezing outside I was on my way to a Family Readiness Group FRG meeting My husband was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq The military life was how we planned for our future Neither one of us had any college or serious work experience The Army provided a steady paycheck health insurance and a roof over our heads Aside from deployments I actually enjoyed being an Army wife I had no idea thatafternoons FRGmeeting would change everythingOn January 05 2006 my husbands unit lost 5 amazing and heroic men While I didnt know the men or their families on a personal level we were definitely friendly acquaintances I wasnt able to talk to my husband Eddie much right after everything happened He did know those men on a personal level so I knew it had affected him I just didnt know to what extent My heart ached for the men and their loved ones I couldnt even imagine what it would be like to go through something like that However that afternoon I would hear a firsthand account of what it was like Captain Pettys wife Deborahwas speaking at the FRG meeting She was speaking about the process that took place after her husband was killed in actionI met up with my friend Amy in the parking lot of the VFW I jumped up in her truckWe just sat there in silence for a moment Both of us knew that nights meeting was going to be extremely difficult She broke the silence by asking me if I was ready to go in Reluctantly I nodded and we made our way into the buildingAmy and I found seats towards the front of the room and sat down There was a lot of shuffling happening while they prepared for Deborahs arrival I just sat there in silence with my mind whirling about what
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