Michelle Obama meets military wives

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE – Five wives shared with Michelle Obama the struggles they endure while their military husbands are deployed overseas.

Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, met with the women and an invitation only assembly in the Greer Garson Theater at the College of Santa Fe Thursday morning.

The potential first lady promised during the roundtable discussion that a Barack Obama administration would strengthen the military and improve health care for veterans.

Obama urged the women to share their stories about military service saying, “These stories help push our nation to make the changes that we're going to need to make for military families...and I remember every single one of them.”

Tears flowed on stage and in the audience as the women recounted raising children alone and coping with endless other challenges.

“If there's one thing I've learned from these roundtables is that when our military soldiers go to war – their families go with them and we have to remember that,” Obama said.

Choking back emotion, a wife described how her marriage fell apart after her husband returned from war.

“You're lying in bed across from the person you love - but it's not him,” she said. “After three months he moved in with his mother.”

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