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Jane Horton
Jane Horton is a political/military consultant, veterans and military family advocate, and proud Gold Star wife to SPC Christopher Horton, an Army sniper killed in action on September 9, 2011 in Paktyia, Afghanistan. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Entries by Jane Horton

His Tomorrows for Their Today

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:15 PM



Yesterday as I walked through the freshly cut green grass and weaved my way through the rows of graves at Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to my valiant warrior,...

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Was It Worth It, America?

(10) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:58 PM


Earlier this week I sat and listened to Afghan President Ashraf Gahni as he spoke at the Pentagon to acknowledge the sacrifices that the U.S. has made to support his country. As the wife of a soldier who was killed in...

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I Dreamt of You

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 5:11 PM

It's been nearly 3 1/2 years since you've been gone and my heart was ripped right out of my chest. I never knew how I would make it this far or what life would be like without you. I never wanted to start my own life, and I never could...

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The Impact of Active Duty Deaths on Survivors

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:52 PM

How does it feel to lose a family member serving their country?

After more than 13 years of war and nearly 7,000 casualties, it's a feeling that many Americans -- including myself, unfortunately -- are familiar with.

Throughout my advocacy work in Washington, D.C., and particularly on Capitol...

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Those Who Bear the Cost

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:40 PM

After more than 12 years at war our nation is almost at peace and can hopefully rest our weary, war-torn military, country and people.

There's a lot of healing that needs to be done, many scars that will remain, and many lives that need to be rebuilt. Many of the...

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Chris's Story: Called to Be a Sniper

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:16 PM

On August 18th, 2011, Chris wrote from Afghanistan to a boy from his parent's church who had aspirations of becoming a sniper:

Hi Reagan, I was about your age when I decided I wanted to be a sniper. I'd be happy to talk to you some time about it if...
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This Is Your Life, Are You Who You Want to Be?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Since losing my husband in the war in Afghanistan when I was just 25, I have learned so much in my short 28 years of life. Fighting my way through the challenges and hardship has caused my thought process to completely change. I am in a constant state of remembrance...

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8,000 Sacrifices and Counting -- Forgetting So Soon?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:40 PM

Every single night for the last twenty-eight months the alarm on my husband Chris's watch has gone off between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m., depending on the time changes. His watch is set to Afghan time, and the alarm set to 9:30 a.m. It was delivered to me in pristine...

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A Sacrifice Betrayed

(305) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:24 PM

President Kennedy once said, "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers."

With the recent "government shutdown" and the many people affected by it, I was more than shocked, more than hurt, and more than betrayed,...

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To Those That Have Borne the Battle

(7) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 12:32 PM

Two years ago on September 9, my beloved husband Chris was killed in Afghanistan. As I mark this sad anniversary, my heart is with his brothers in arms. I never really knew what it would be like to see him come home, experience a homecoming ceremony, run into his arms...

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