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    Source: http://www.stripes.com/news/military...grief-1.321744

    Military families in largest ever bereavement study share insights on grief
    By DAVID CRARY
    The Associated Press
    Published: January 4, 2015 With his wife and child close at hand, Army Maj. Chad Wriglesworth battled skin cancer for more than a year before dying at age 37.
    "It was long and painful and awful," said Aimee Wriglesworth, who believes the cancer resulted from exposure to toxic fumes in Iraq. Yet the 28-year-old widow from Bristow, Virginia, seized a chance to recount the ordeal and its aftermath to a researcher, hoping that input from her and her 6-year-old daughter might be useful to other grieving military families.
    "To be able to study what we felt and what we're going through - maybe this will help people down the line," Wriglesworth said.
    By the hundreds, other widows, widowers, parents, siblings and children are sharing accounts of their grief as part of the largest study ever of America's military families as they go through bereavement. About 2,000 people have participated over the past three years, and one-on-one interviews will continue through February...
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