Monday, February 26, 2007

Perspective: Loved ones soldier on

Members of the 1st Battalion of the 24th Marine Regiment, whose families must cope without them at home.

Sandy Leshinsky is fighting the grim insurgency of breast cancer while her husband and stepson fight the bloody insurgency in Iraq.

One battle is waged in the dangerous Anbar Province, the other in the family home on the grounds of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township and in radiation sessions at a Mt. Clemens hospital.

Julie Kolomjec gets three kids off to Richard Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Farms every morning and still manages to volunteer on the schooplayground. She tries not to worry about her husband, who permanently closed his Canton law practice before heading for Iraq.

"My faith, my faith — every day, my faith gets me through," Kolomjec said.

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