The War in Iraq and an (Ex) Girlfriend's Role in it.

At night, she reads about his battle in the margins of the newspaper because Britney and Lindsay dominate the headlines.

The silent hush. The no-one-can-bring-it-up-unless-I-do-first sort of silence. She tiptoes around playing girlfriend back home in the country that her boyfriend is keeping free.

She sheds her identity and takes on his as she keeps up with his family and work matters. During the day, she hosts fundraisers for the care packages she prepares for his unit overseas.

At night, she reads about his battle in the margins of the newspaper because Britney and Lindsay dominate the headlines. She watches CNN for any news coverage, hoping his face would flash across the screen, even if for a second. And, hopefully he is alive and breathing.

When he arrives home, she greets him with a big hug and kiss, but, after being away for a year, things are different. He is different. And so, the real war begins. Semper Fi.

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