In March 2004, we had been married shy of one year, and had spent 3 months of that year together. It was Brian's first deployment to Iraq. When he came home safely, it was like the rain stopped falling after a year long flood. We reunited in a massive gymnasium with hundreds of other families and soldiers reuniting with their loved and missed ones. The energy was electric, crackling, palpable. They played Etta James, "At Last."