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April 5th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Honoring spouses of the fallen

By Jake Tapper

For many people with loved ones in Afghanistan, 2014 and the U.S. withdrawal cannot come fast enough. But for the thousands of families who lost husbands, wives, dads, and moms in that war and other conflicts, there will never be a homecoming. For some of those grieving, this is their day.

The Senate has passed a resolution declaring this Gold Star Wives Day. Gold Star Wives is an organization that dates back to World War II; the group gives support to the spouses and families of the fallen.

When researching my recent book about Afghanistan, I met and came to know a number of these Gold Star Wives, and I know that long after the war in Afghanistan ends, it will never end for them. Their stories are heart-breaking, and their sacrifices are recognized even less than that of their late husbands.

Kristin, Jennifer, Brandi, Karen, Dena, Olivia, Amanda, Alyssa, Brittany, Alexis, and Megan, thank you.

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