Losing My Hero
The war in Afghanistan is America’s second longest military conflict, after Vietnam. Many of the 2,000 U.S. troops that have been killed since the war began, were married. War widows, like Brigette Cain, never forget their fallen heroes, but with love and support from friends and family, they find the strength to rebuild their lives and dreams.
Brigette Cain’s Story
Private First Class Norman Cain and his wife, Brigette, welcomed their son’s birth shortly before he deployed to Afghanistan. When Norman was killed in combat at the age of 22, Brigette became a widow, and their plans for the future were cut short.
Brigette’s tribute to her husband was submitted to our website, prompting us to learn more about her story, which is both harrowing and inspirational.
We encourage you to visit our Virtual Wall of Remembrance and share your tributes to your fallen heroes.
During the 2012 National Memorial Day Concert, acclaimed actress Selma Blair will read Brigette Cain’s story.
Our Young Military Widows
There are thousands of military widows from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq who share a similar experience to Brigette Cain. Many organizations are dedicated to supporting grieving military spouses, including the American Widow Project. This nonprofit organization was founded by military widow, Taryn Davis, who was honored on the 2010 “National Memorial Day Concert” for her extraordinary efforts to support military widows across America.
Here are some other organizations that offer assistance: