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A Marine’s Wife

As a newlywed in 1968, the last thing Jean Donaldson expected was for her husband of five months to come home from a trip to Salt Lake City with news that he was leaving college to join the U.S. Marine Corps. She was five months pregnant with their first child (who happens to be Loudmouth’s own Amy Donaldson) when he enlisted, and she delivered their second child as he slept in field in Vietnam on Christmas Eve 1969.

She talks about how the Marines gave her husband, Dan, purpose and direction, as he’d struggled most of his life with losing his father at age 13. She talks about how she found out he’d been wounded, and what it was like to work with veterans when she became a community mental health specialist in her 50s.

Check out this article that Amy wrote for the Deseret News about running with her Mom:

And check out this episode of We Happy Few with Dan Donaldson:

About the author, Jason

Jason is an Air Force and Army veteran. His goal is to inspire other veterans, their family and friends to share their stories. Working as a volunteer with Veteran Service Organizations has given him insight into some of the struggles facing the men and women who serve. Jason has been married for over 25 years and earned a degree in History with a focus on the U.S. Military.

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