Remember Military Widows

Nearly 3,000 women and men across the country have been widowed since the war on terror began. Taryn Davis, a military widow, wants people to remember those who’ve been left behind.  In May 2007, Michael Davis died from a roadside bomb in Iraq. Davis says, “He was my best friend and soul mate. I feel very lucky to hold the last name Davis.”  After he died though, she felt lost and alone. “I was 21 at the time of his death and people stopped talking about him. People wanted me to stop talking about him. They wrote off my grief due to my young age, like oh, you’ll go get remarried everything will be ok.”

She didn’t want to forget, so Davis searched for support. She says, “I typed in widow and it came back with the response did you mean window?” That was when she created the American Widow Project. She wants widows to know it’s still possible to dream big, live big, love big. Davis says, “We just want to allow them to see that they can find happiness again and they can smile and they don’t have to feel bad about it. Just because their husband isn’t here to do it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t want them to smile.”

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