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Tom Sileo's op-ed column: The Unknown Soldiers (Women of Courage)
Nick Rozanski, wife Jenny, and their two daughters.
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ATLANTA--As I drove Jenny Rozanski to the airport in September, she said something that underscores the courage of a young generation of war widows.
"I want something good to come out of this," said the wife of fallen Ohio National Guardsman Capt. Nick Rozanski, who was killed on April 4.
Jenny's pain is very real. Once a happily married "part-time military wife," as she jokingly called herself, she suddenly and tragically became a widowed mother of two young girls.
After she lost her loved one to war, every day in Dublin, Ohio, is now a struggle for Jenny. Still, despite all the challenges she's faced since April, Jenny has spearheaded the creation of the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation, which will provide scholarships for children in the Buckeye State.
"I feel like it's my duty to continue on with his legacy," Capt. Rozanski's wife said.
Since the war in Afghanistan commenced after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, women all around America have made enormous sacrifices, both on and off the battlefield. Some are U.S. troops, some are military moms, sisters, or wives.
The story of Christy Meador, with whom I recently spoke, tragically reminds us that America is still at war. Christy's husband, South Carolina National Guard Sgt. John David Meador II, was killed in Afghanistan on June 20. Christy, who lives in Columbia, S.C., has since gone back to work while raising the couple's little girl, Elana.
"Now I look back, and it was just so meant to be," Sgt. Meador's tearful widow said. "I don't know where I would be today had we not had [Elana]."
Linda Mills' story is different. I spoke to this energetic, enthusiastic Army wife shortly after her husband, Staff Sgt. Andrew Mills, deployed to Afghanistan in February. But in June, she received the worst phone call of her life.
"Your husband has been seriously wounded in Afghanistan," Linda was told.