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Chelsea Van Camp Proud, Grateful

July 1, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Editor, News-Register:

This is an open letter to the Wheeling community:

In many ways, it's hard to believe it's been a year since my husband, U.S. Army Capt. David VanCamp, was killed in Iraq, just a few weeks shy of coming home.

Although the anniversary (June 29) evoked a complex blend of thoughts and emotions for me, one thing was clear: I wanted to reach out to my and Dave's hometown and thank everyone for their support during the past 12 months.

Although I still live outside of Fort Hood, Texas, where we were stationed when Dave deployed, I have so appreciated your continued show of love for Dave. From seeing photos of Wheeling's streets lined for Dave's journey from the airport to Kepner Funeral Home last July, to personally seeing the town draped in flags for his memorial service, to hearing news of the steak fry held in his honor and the baseball field now bearing his name, I have felt so blessed to come from a town like Wheeling. I am sure no other town could have honored a hero so appropriately or with so much heart.

I look forward to attending next year's steak fry and other events honoring my husband. Between then and now, please know how much your efforts mean to me and that I am always in Wheeling in spirit.

Thank you again,

Chelsea VanCamp

Kileen, Texas

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