Topic: The American Widow Project We Regret to Inform You Chapter 1
Originally aired on September 10th, 2008
Led by Taryn Davis, a group of young military widows band together in a new peer support network called the American Widow Project.
Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
Last year, 22-year-old Taryn Davis’ world crumbled. On May 21, 2007, Taryn was told her husband, Army Cpl. Michael W. Davis, had died from wounds sustained from an IED explosion in Iraq. She was crushed. Unable to find the peer support she needed from other recently widowed military spouses, Taryn founded the American Widow Project four months later to help her cope with the loss of the love of her life. Using the power of the internet, Taryn has been able to reach out to over 100 young military widows (the majority of which are under 30), offering them peer support and help with whatever they might need.
Nicole Hart, found her soul mate when she was 16-years-old and married him three years later. Then, this past winter she lost him. On January 8, 2008, Army Sgt. David J. Hart was killed while trying to help one of his wounded men. Nicole, now a 23-year-old widow, didn’t know life could go on without David, and sometimes she still doesn’t understand how the earth continues to rotate. But, with the peer support from her new friends at the American Widow Project, she’s realizing that if she gets into her wedding dress on her anniversary and flips through wedding photos, she’s not weird, and she’s not alone.
Windy’s husband Sgt. Joey Link died while serving in Quatar as Air Support for the war in Iraq. Not only did he leave behind his wife Windy, but he also left behind two sons, and their baby daughter, Rylee. This summer, Windy left Rylee for the first time to travel to Austin, Texas to hang out with, and lean on, her new friends with the American Widow Project.