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Soldier Dies In Afghanistan, Wife Opens His Laptop and Finds Hidden File

A young woman was made a widow when her soldier husband lost his life in Afghanistan. Two days after the funeral, she opened the laptop that he used during his deployment and found a file he had hidden. She couldn’t believe what it contained.

Lieutenant Todd Weaver with his wife Emma and daughter Kiley

When U.S. Army First Lieutenant Todd Weaver of Hampton, Virginia, was killed by an IED during his second tour of Afghanistan, the 26-year-old soldier left behind his loving wife Emma and a baby girl named Kiley, who would be too young to remember her loving father. Todd realized this fate was a possibility, so prior to his death, he did something about it. His wife, however, wouldn’t find out until days after his funeral.

Along with her husband’s remains, Emma received her husband’s laptop, which he had used during his deployment. Grief-stricken and burdened with the responsibility of having her husband laid to rest, Emma didn’t get a chance to really look at the device until two days after Todd’s funeral.

Lieutenant Todd Weaver

After the decorated officer’s body was flown home, a memorial service was held so friends and family could pay their respects, and instead of flowers, loved ones were asked to make a contribution to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. Two days later, Emma finally opened the laptop Todd had in Afghanistan. That’s when she saw something that made her freeze.

When Emma learned the heartbreaking news that her loving husband and the father of her baby had died in an explosion in Afghanistan, the harsh realization that she would never get to say goodbye must have been so painful for the young widow. However, Todd left something for his wife and his baby girl in the event of his death, and it had been right there on his computer all along.

Although she couldn’t believe what she was seeing, right there in front of her were two Word documents on the computer’s desktop. One was named “Dear Emma,” while the other was marked “Dear Kiley.” Almost immediately, the reality struck Emma, who realized that her husband had left a message for her and their daughter, should he not make it home alive. Emma began to read the goodbye letters from her husband:

Dear Emma

Dear Emma:

Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you.

I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now.

I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are.

Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.

I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short,

I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day.

I even had two great dogs - at least most of the time. I couldn't ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is.

Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.

Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.

Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.

I love you. Your loving Husband, Todd

Not only had Todd poured his heart out to his wife, he had also written an amazing and inspirational letter for his young daughter. Although it hurt to read his words, it was obvious that they were chosen to give both Emma and Kiley strength after he was gone. Todd’s second letter was for Kiley, who was just 9-months-old:

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