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  • Since 2001, over 6,600 U.S. service members have lost their lives.

    Taryn was living the “normal” life. She had married her soul mate, was about to graduate from college, and had her future with her husband to look forward to. That was until May 21, 2007. Her husband had been killed by multiple roadside bombs just an hour and a half after they last spoke. Feeling lost and alone in the new world she’d been thrown into, she began traveling around the country to hear other women’s stories of love, tragedy and overall survival. In hearing their accounts, she hoped to learn more about the title that been had given to her… that of a military widow.

    What began as her own personal journey, has expanded into a non-profit organization, a documentary film, and a growing website. She has grasped on to and embraced her new life with all the enthusiasm and passion she had when Michael was still alive. Inspired solely off the willpower and strength of the women “in her shoes” she has found that true love is eternal, that the lessons and things her husband said and did still run through her veins, and mostly….she is not alone.

    Iraq and Afghanistan. This number does not include the thousands more that have lost their lives due to sudden illness, accident, homicide or those that have taken their own lives due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the same time, more than 3,600 young military widows face their worst nightmare when they receive that dreadful knock on the door by two military in uniform notifying them of their spouse’s death.

    While the service member’s sacrifice is often acknowledged by society, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a grieving military widow. Often times the invisible wounds of military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge and understanding.

    The American Widow Project recognizes the sacrifices made by the families of our fallen and believes that no military widow should feel alone in her grief. Each military widow deserves the opportunity and tangible tools available to help rebuild her life. Because of that, the American Widow Project provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize success, healing and hope for a brighter future.

    Taryn Davis is an Eagle Rare Life Nominee. Read her story and vote here: http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/taryn-davis

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