Iraq: A Soldier's Life

Chris Coffin wasn't supposed to be in harm's way in Iraq. He was killed there this month. How the war is straining U.S. soldiers--and haunting those they left at home

First Sergeant Christopher Coffin knew how to stay close to his wife Betsy even when he was far away. Before he left in February, bound for the Persian Gulf, he took her outside on a cold, clear Maine night, pointed to an especially bright star and told her he would be able to see it from Iraq. They could both look at it, and find each other. "Every night when I walked the dog," Betsy says, "I would stop and talk to the star. The dog was so confused; she could tell I was talking to Chris, but she couldn't see...

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