My long time readers have met this family here before, and will remember December 2, 2008 when Cpt Rob succumbed to injuries sustained in the sandbox. Rob had fought hard to live, but that was not to be. As he fought his last battle with Dena at his side, she started blogging, and readers around the world followed the Yllescas' journey, and were witness to the incredible courage of the whole family.
Dena continues writing about the Yllescas to this day.
Dena's most recent entry is a reminder of how amazing the families of our fallen heroes are:
Friday, October 29, 2010It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 years since I received that horrible, life-changing news. 2 years ago, my husband fought for 34 days for his life. And, boy, did he put up a fight. 2 years ago was the beginning of an emotional rollercoaster ride that still continues today. Although the 2nd year has been harder for me than the first, I continue to hold on to faith and know God has a bigger plan for us. He had a bigger plan for Rob. There is not a day go by that we don’t miss him and think of him. His presence constantly surrounds us. My dad was with Julia when she looked up in the sky and written in the clouds was “I love you”. That was daddy sending his little girl a special note. ...
Go read the rest here.
Much has been written about this family, who continue to inspire so many of us. One of the best columns written about Rob's passing was on Villainous Company here. The Washington Post has written about Dena and their girls here, and a series of pictures here.
The Statesman wrote an article about Dena's blogging called How an Army wife's blog came to touch thousands: Woman wrote of her Fort Hood spouse's struggle to survive. (Read that here.)
Unknown thousands have been given a new understanding - appreciation - of the service and sacrifices made by our military families through Dena's writing. Dena also put together a video of the whole family which you can find here. Take the time to go meet all of them.
Dena and the girls are a reminder that the family also serves. They truly ARE heroes, every single day.
Thank YOU Dena, and Julia and Eva.