I’ve been married to an incredible man for the last 22 years. David Reback is truly one of a kind.
He is selfless.
He is kind.
He is so hardworking it’s unreal.
I could go on and on and brag about my hubby but even as wonderful as he is, he still has his faults.
And if I were so inclined, I could just focus on those shortcomings.
And my marriage would not last long if that were my decision.
But truly one of the greatest factors in remembering to be grateful for my man are the photos I have hanging in my bathroom of dozens of soldiers killed in action. Many of them were married. When I look at those photos I am reminded that although my husband may not be perfect, he’s here.
And then I think about all those wives whose husbands are deployed and in harm’s way. The struggle of doing life alone most of their marriage. The fact that their husbands are gone for so much of their marriage and at risk the entire time, makes me appreciate that my man is always just a quick phone call away.
This year was our first attempt at gift giving for Valentine’s Day to America’s Gold Star wives. Here’s what one Gold Star wife wrote after receiving her bouquet:
“These are the first flowers I have received since my Love’s funeral. I bought some a couple years ago and I mostly plant and harvest out of my yard. What an unexpected surprise, THANKS again to all responsible.
Her husband John had been a young Marine. He joined in 1976. He served four years and left at the wishes of his previous wife. Six years later he joined the Illinois National Guard. He trained and gave it his all. He tried EOD but followed a medical passion instead and became a medic. He had a tour in 2005-2006 with the 205th Med Co out of North Riverside, Il in Iraq. In 2007-2008 he completed another tour as 1st SGT with the 708th Med Amb out of North Riverside, Il in Kuwait. John experienced PTSD while still in Kuwait and came home through Germany and Ft. Knox but he was able to meet his unit in Ft. McCoy and was able to demobilize with them.
He battled PTSD for the next three years and lost his battle August 8, 2011. He was the 1st SGT of the 634 Co C Il NG out of Springfield at the time of his death. John has a 20-year-old son who is currently deployed (Army Infantry 10th Mt), a 18-year-old daughter freshman in college, a 16-year-old daughter who started junior college in January. He also has a 38-year-old son and a beautiful daughter-in-law and two wonderful granddaughters.
Thank you to all who participated in American Sweetheart either by helping to make the bouquets or by purchasing them. This is just one example of the encouraging feedback we have been receiving! Thank you to every person who donated or contributed in any way at all, even if it was just through prayer! You were all a part of blessing this mom who lost her husband and hopefully each of you were inspired by Gold Star families to remember that your marriages are worth fighting for.