American Widow Project brings together a small group of people together. In that intimacy deep bonds grow in short time periods. I have been encouraged and given the confidence to face anything I have encountered. I can do it! has become my mantra. My cheerleaders are just a phone call away if I need a bit of a boost or a bit of celebration. I have achomplished more than I ever thought possible.
I lost my husband in Iraq in 2006, and met Taryn Davis, another military widow, in 2007 just as she was getting the American Widow Project started. I had contacted other military survivor advocacy groups, but it was Taryn's vision that I was looking for. I needed to focus on the good and positive because I had nothing else to hold onto. Through the AWP I learned how to embrace life again while continuing to honor the love my husband and I shared. I met widows who inspired me to believe I could move forward and have made life-long friends who I know are there for me whenever I need them. The AWP has literally changed my life, maybe even saved my life. It has been a blessing to see Taryn's vision become a reality and I am very very proud to be associated with this group and its mission!
From 2005-2006 my husband and I served together in Kandahar, Afghanistan. On June 24, 2006 he was killed in action. As a combat veteran and military widow, I felt alone and lost for almost 2 years. It wasn't until I met the members of the American Widow Project and participated in my first event, that I actually felt normal. Being at the launch of the American Widow Project was something I needed and since then have been an active participant, volunteer and now staff member of the AWP. The AWP truly changed my life and made me feel like others knew what I was going through. The AWP most certainly saved my life and came at a time when I was just sinking further into depression. Through their programs I now embrace and live life to the fullest.