Merry Christmas from Afghanistan
Female officer on pregnancies in theater

For his family

A beautiful story of sacrifice and service that brought us a good soldier and brought his family the help they need.

Fort Knox, Ky. — When the summer was racing by, Michelle Caudle had wondered what it would be like to battle ovarian cancer without her husband, Bill, beside her. Now she knew.

On Nov. 24, the 49th day since Bill Caudle left to join the Army so his family could have health coverage, Michelle sat in a small hospital room at Aurora Women's Pavilion in West Allis. Wrapped in a blanket, the 41-year-old waited to hear if her body had recovered enough from the last dose of chemotherapy to receive the next one.