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Renee sviktet ikke Ty selv om han kom tilbake fra Irak ugjenkjennelig. Det ble bryllup, men sorgen er skrevet i ansiktet. Nina Berman har gjort bilder av Irak-sårede til et spesiale, og har åpnet en utstilling med bildene.

They were married in October, in their home town of Metamora, Illinois, a small farming community in the Midwest. Friends, family and marines were present: it was as if the whole town had turned out. The wedding was planned to the last exquisite detail by Renee and her mother, Donna, who spoke regularly on the phone because Ty was still undergoing operations in Texas.

«I did the male part of the wedding planning,» says Ty. «They’d ask me questions, but I always gave the wrong answer, so eventually they stopped asking me about it.»

Renee felt sick with nerves before going up the aisle, but she had no second thoughts. She looked radiant in a white dress. «You’re beautiful,» Ty told her. He wore his combat medals and a Purple Heart for being wounded in action.

The triumph of love

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