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May 27th, 2011
07:46 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Connecting a new generation of military widows

Spring Lake, North Carolina (CNN) - Taryn Davis says she felt lost and isolated after burying her husband, a 22-year-old Army corporal killed in Iraq four years ago.

While she struggled with her grief, it seemed that those around her found it easier to move on with their lives. Other military wives avoided her as though she represented their deepest fears. Family and friends insisted that her youth should provide solace.

"After the funeral, I felt ostracized," Davis said. "Everybody liked to write off my grief due to my young age. They liked to say: 'Well, at least you're young. You'll get remarried.' "

The topic of her husband - even the mention of his name, Michael - became taboo. She also struggled with survivor guilt that kept her from seeking happiness and embracing laughter.

"It's hard to laugh and it's hard to smile after a spouse is killed," said Davis, 25. "In a way, you feel bad, because you're like, 'He should be here and have the ability to smile and laugh.' ... In another way, I think once people see you laugh or smile, they're like: 'Oh, she's over him. Great.' "

After her husband's death, the military provided a death gratuity and assisted her with funeral arrangements. She also received recommendations for survivor support groups.

Davis researched several of the groups over the Internet but didn't see anyone her age. She was also intimidated by the size of the gatherings - sometimes hundreds of people at a time. She attended some grief groups near her home in Buda, Texas, but the widows she met there were over 65 years old and not tied to the military.

Read more about Davis here.


Filed under: CNN Heroes
May 27th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Tim Pawlenty talks economy, 2012

Former Minnesota Governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, talks about the American economy today. About the debt, Pawlenty says, "Any doofus can go to Washington and maintain the status quo".

Pawlenty sit’s down with CNN’s American Morning about his qualifications and the open field of Republicans in 2012.


Filed under: Elections • GOP
May 27th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

Supreme Court backs law punishing businesses hiring illegal immigrants

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court backed an Arizona law that punishes businesses hiring illegal immigrants Thursday. Jonathan Turley spoke with CNN's American Morning about the new controversial law.


Filed under: Immigration
May 27th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

Sarah Palin kicks off nationwide bus tour

Sarah Palin kicks off her nationwide bus tour on Sunday in Washington at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally. Will we see Palin on the GOP ballot for 2012? Chief investigative reporter for Politico weighs in on CNN’s American Morning.


Filed under: Elections • GOP
May 27th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

Summer movie blockbusters

Kicking this summer off with a bang at the box office! Hangover 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 are expected to take in record numbers. This summer will not be a disappointment with something for everyone ranging from the end of the Harry Potter to Super 8.

Thom Geier, Senior Editor for Entertainment Weekly and Meredith Woerner, Senior Reporter from IO9.com spoke with American Morning about this summer at the movies.


Filed under: Movies
May 27th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic taken into custody

Former Bosnian Serb commander, Ratko Mladic was taken into custody Thursday after almost 16 years of hiding. Mladic is accused of leading one of the worst massacres in Europe’s history.

David Scheffer, former U.S. Ambassador at large for war crimes during the Clinton Administration joins American Morning to talks about the significance of his arrest and how commander will be prosecuted.


Filed under: Justice
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