Isa sa delikadong propesyon ay ang pagiging sundalo, dahil sa oras na nagsumpa na sila sa kanilang tungkulin ay naka laan na ang buhay nila sa kanilang serbisyo.
Takot at pangamba naman ang nangingibabaw sa mga naiwang pamilya nila habang sila ay naka duty, pero nariyan pa rin ang pag-asang bawat araw ay makakauwi silang ligtas sa kanilang mga pamilya.
Ngunit Para kay Emma Weaver, ang pag-asang iyon ay nawala nang kailangan na niyang hayaan ang kaniyang asawa na sundalo na magpahinga habang buhay matapos nitong mamat4y sa pamamagitan ng granada sa kaniyang pangalawang paglilibot sa Afghanistan noong Setyember 2010.
Naging ulila ang anak ni Liutenant Todd Weaver ng maaga sa edad na siyam na buwan pa lamang.
Wala man silang pagkakataon na makita ito kahit sa huli, hindi pa din iyon ibig sabihin na ang sundalo ay walang iniwan na mensahe para sa dalawang babae na kaniyang minamahal.
Dalawang araw matapos ang libing ni Todd, binuksan ni Emma ang laptop na dala nito sa Afganistan at nakakita siya ng isang bagay na hindi niya inakala.
Sa laptop, mayroong dalawang Word document ang isa ay mayroong pamagat na “Dear Emma” habang ang isa naman ay may pangalan na “Dear Kiley.” Ayon sa ulat ng Daily Mail, doon lamang napagtanto ni Emma na ang kaniyang mahal na asawa ay mayroong liham para sa kanilang mag-ina.
Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you.
I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now.
I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are.
Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.
I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day.
I even had two great dogs – at least most of the time. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is. Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.
Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.
Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you. I love you.
Your loving Husband,
Sa kabilang banda, ang liham na kaniyang sinulat para sa kaniyang anak na si Kiley ay talaga namang nakakasakit din sa damdamin.