On Oct. 27, 2010, the day before his one year deployment to Afghanistan, Spc. Jason Cromwell comforts his girlfriend Ashley Werst as they prepare to leave CromwellÕs mother, Linda Slosser in Wahoo, Neb. It didn’t get any easier. After several failed attempts to say goodbye and after hearing SlosserÕs suggestion that it wasnÕt going to get any easier, they still lingered almost another hour and continued to talk.

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