Fallen soldiers’ families share bond

Melanie Anderson, 33, and her son Warner, 8, visit the Tahoma National Cemetery grave of Melanie's late husband, Army Sgt. Phillip R. Anderson, who was killed in Iraq in 2008. "I have a little piece of Phil forever, which I love," Melanie said of Warner, who was 16 months old when his father died. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

No one understands the pain of losing a partner to war more than those who have experienced it, say two young widows who found strength and support in each other.

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