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The winning entry from our "Salute to the Soilders Contest

On July 11th 2009, I lost my brother Michael. He was a Night Stalker in the 160th S.O.A.R. for the U.S. Army , stationed in Georgia. He had custody of his beautiful baby girl, Ariel. It was hard being a single dad in the Army with no family or help around. For reasons only God knows, he chose to take his own life. My family and I got full custody of Ariel and she was the only thing keeping me alive. I wanted to be with my brother more than anything. On April 10, 2010, I went to Chilifest near College Station with my friends and met Derek. He was home on his 2 week R&R from Iraq. His brother came up to my group of friends and asked for a beer for Derek because he just got home from Iraq. Anything for a soldier! After 30 minutes of talking about his time in the Army, my brother, and realizing we grew up 20 minutes from each other, he asked me on a date. The next 2 weeks Derek and I spent every day together. Every date was so easy and we had so much fun together. I felt like it was a dream and I would soon wake up from it. I just wasn’t used to good things happening in my life anymore. I took him to the airport and watched him get on a plane back to Iraq. I felt a feeling that I hadn’t felt in a long time…hope. At that time I felt in my heart that God and my brother sent Derek to me. They saw my pain and sent an angel to save me. Derek and I talked almost every day for hours at a time while he was overseas. When Derek came home from Iraq we visited each other every chance we could. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC in the 82nd Airborne Division. He even fell in love with Ariel. She loves him just as much. Watching them two together reassures me that Derek is here for a reason. Derek then came down on orders to go to Alaska and soon Afghanistan. We pulled our resources together and got his orders changed to be a recruiter right next to my house! This was another sign he was sent to me for a reason. 2 weeks ago Derek proposed to me. I would love to get married on Lake Conroe. Every summer my brother and our family would go skiing in that same area. Every time I pass the lake, I can see him out there on the boat with the biggest smile on his face. At my wedding I would love the chance to look out onto the lake, see my brother out there and know he is with me on my wedding day. Derek is the angel who saved me and I can’t wait to start my life with him and Ariel.