Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.

The Pentagon has identified the American soldier killed on April 30 in eastern Afghanistan as Spc. Gabriel D. Conde.

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U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller

On Sept. 9, 2011, my husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in action in Paktia, Afghanistan. My world shattered. As I struggled to look through the kaleidoscope lens that made up my life, I couldn't focus, I couldn't eat, and I could barely breathe. I didn't understand why God would take away my husband so soon, or why he chose me to live on alone and carry this great burden. I was drowning in grief, heartbroken and almost hopeless.

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