My name is Kacey Eppinette. I was married to Chad Eppinette for 10 years.
We met in high-school and were together from age 15 until 27. We were high-school sweethearts. If someone heard my name it was always associated with Chads. Or vice versa.
When he got out of highschool I took my GED because I didn’t want him to leave me behind so I got out of school too. We married less than a year out high-school and got our own place. Chad served in the National Guard for a year before he decided to join active duty in 2002. I got pregnant less than a year after we got married and we moved to Ft. Stewart Georgia where he was stationed.
6 weeks after our son was born August 2nd 2002, he was deployed to Kuwait then to Iraq. He served 6 months and was sent home because he was shot and wounded by a sniper, so he came home early. We lived life and things were good. Like all couples we had our ups and downs but we were happy. After almost a year at home his unit redeployed back to Iraq where he served a year. Chad returned and decided that he would get out because the risk of him going back to war was too great. Him being gone was so hard on our family.
Chad was service connected for TBI and PTSD, along with afew other medical problems. But we had bought us a house and were in a good neighborhood and our son was in a good school and things were good. Until he was home longer, the longer he was home the worse things got. He wasn’t the man I married, he was empty. Our lives were filled with sleepless night and dreams, and roles were reversed in our household. I worked a 40 hour a week job and took care of all responsibilities and he stayed at home almost hopeless. In July 2011 he gave up his fight with PTSD that he had battled for 6 years. Our son was 8 and it was 2 weeks before his 9th birthday. I miss him every single day. Thing don’t get easier, you just learn how to deal and move on. I want his name remembered and honored. He is hero.