Archive for Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Woman appears on CNN segment

November 1, 2006

A CNN Newsroom segment on how the war in Iraq is affecting people on the homefront featured a live interview with Kelly Frantz.

Frantz's husband, Lucas, was killed in action in October 2005, on his 22nd birthday. Both Lucas and Kelly graduated from Tonganoxie High School. And until last weekend, Kelly lived in Tonganoxie. She moved on Sunday to a Kansas City suburb.

On the five-minute segment, which aired Friday afternoon, the young widow talked about how she and her husband met and married. And she talked about his death and how she wanted him to be remembered.

"I didn't want Lucas to be another number," she said, recalling how she found strength after his sudden death. "I wanted everybody to know he was more than a soldier who was killed."

In an interview published several weeks ago in the Chicago Tribune, Kelly Frantz had talked about being a young war widow. She said in that interview -- and on CNN -- that she appreciated the support she received in her hometown of Tonganoxie. But she also said she needed to resume her life and make a fresh start.

"I decided, and my family decided, that (moving) would be the best thing for me," she said on the CNN segment. "I can start over. Not necessarily that I want to forget my past. I want to be able to live a normal life again. This past year has been a whirlwind."

She said that while her husband's death always will be part of her, she didn't want it to define her.

"As a 24-year-old, it's so hard when I meet new people to balance who I was and who I am," she said. "I'm 24 years old, but I am a war widow."

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