On September 20, 2001, after President Bush announced that America would be going to war against terror, members of the Military Wives message board wrote letters to their husbands. To honor all of the brave men and women protecting America, we publish them here. If you are close to someone in the military, and would like to submit your own or talk about your feelings, please choose one of the following groups:
Ever since we were kids, I knew you would grow to be a fine man. You're a loving, responsible and caring DH, father, sailor and friend. You have a heart of gold, and you are the biggest Boy Scout I know. This childlike charm reminds me of the first time we met because you had that charm then too.
I can't predict the future events in this conflict, but I can predict that my love for you is eternal. I've always loved you and I always will.
Te amo con todo mi corazon.
Your biggest fan,
My Dearest Husband,
I want you to always remember that you are the source of love in my life. I thank God every day for giving me the best partner to share my life with. You make me so complete, it's beyond words. I think you are the best man to ever set foot on Earth. In my eyes you are the greatest. I love you more than words could ever express and I want you to keep my love with you no matter how far apart we are, or how long it might take for us to get back together again.
I pray and know that you will come back to me safe and sound. God has given me all the happiness in the world through you and he won't take that away now; we are going to have a wonderful baby -- and then another. And we will make our happy home for our wonderful family.
I have big plans for us and our future. In five years we have to start our "10 things to do" list! We have to grow old together and see our kids graduate, get married, have kids of their own calling us grandpa and grandma. We have a lot to look forward to -- as soon as you get back.
Please always keep in mind that you have your wife back in the States, waiting for you, loving you beyond belief and thinking of you every second until your return.
I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING. Please take care and make sure my husband gets back home to me safe and sound.
Love always and forever (more than life itself)
Your Very Proud Wife Gema -- and the baby!
In this busy world we live in, I sometimes forget to say how glad I am that you are by my side. I forget that the touch of your hands and the warmth of your embrace is all I need to make everything so clear and so right.
I love your wit, your charm, your ability to make me laugh even when tears flow heavily from my weary eyes. You're my best friend, my strength and my breath.
I've closed my eyes several times to remember how you smell and the way you feel. The day you left I held your face in my hands, and that is a memory embedded into my mind. I can still feel your lips on mine, taste the salt of your tears, and hear the racing of your heart as we said, "'Til we see each other again." I wanted to stop the car and scream, "No! Don't leave me!" But I knew that I couldn't, so I departed remembering the love we have and the strength you give to me, and taking with me the pride I feel for you because you leave today in honor of America and her people.
I hope that you remember I will always be by your side. When you're cold and you're afraid, I'll be right there for you. Close your eyes. I'll be there kissing your forehead and holding you tight to me, like I always do. When you are outside and you can't get in, I will be there to show you that you are SO much better than you know. If you could see into me, you would know, I will never leave your side.
I love you! God bless you, baby. You are in my prayers always! Come home to me safely! Return and hold me, and never let me go! Your proud wife will be here, waiting with "arms wide open."
I LOVE YOU!
I love you so much. I'm going to miss you, but I will be strong. Please email and call as often as you can. Email me just to say I love you if that's all you have time for. I am proud of you and what you do. I can't wait until you get home so you and I can hold each other again. I love you.