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A sad anniversary

It was a year ago tomorrow (Oct. 28) that Dena Yllescas’ life was turned upside down when she was notified that her husband, Capt. Rob Yllescas, had been injured in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. He died two months later. She and her daughters are in my thoughts and heart today.

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It was a year ago tomorrow (Oct. 28) that Dena Yllescas' life was turned upside down when she was notified that her husband, Capt. Rob Yllescas, had been injured in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. He died two months later. She and her daughters are in my thoughts and heart today.

It was a year ago tomorrow (Oct. 28) that Dena Yllescas’ life was turned upside down when she was notified that her husband, Capt. Rob Yllescas, had been injured in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. He died two months later. She and her daughters are in my thoughts and heart today.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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