Valentine's surprise from overseas

February 14, 2008 3:19:51 PM PST
A Fort Bragg soldier and a civilian contractor came up with a creative way to send a valentine wish from Iraq.

A Fort Bragg soldier's wife was blown away when she opened the newspaper on Valentine's Day morning.

It can be a challenge to come up with ways to express your love and surprise your loved one on Valentine's Day, especially if you're half a world away.

Candace Warren says her husband, SFC Joseph Warren, is stationed in Iraq. He surprised the heck out of her this morning with an ad in the Fayetteville Observer.

"No matter the distance, you're still my valentine" the ad read.

Candace said she cried. "It's sweet. It's pretty hard to be without him."

Sergeant Warren has been in Iraq for about a month. It's not his first deployment or the first time he's sent his wife a special valentine.

"One Valentine's Day when he was in Afghanistan, he had a Renaissance Day Spa thing sent to me," Candace said. "And this year he just wanted to surprise me."

She wasn't the only one surprised with a newspaper valentine from overseas. Niki's fiancé is a civilian contractor in Iraq.

He painted a big valentine's message on a wall and had it posted in the Fayetteville paper Thursday morning.

Candace says she sent her husband a valentine's care package.

"I sent him candy some hugs and the kisses, the Hersey Kisses," Candace said. "We baked some homemade cookies, the kids and I. Some peanut butter cookies. Those are his favorite."

The couple keeps in touch with e-mails and text messages. Candace says her valentine wish is to have her husband return home safely.

"Every time I talk to him everyday, through e-mail, you're just blessed that you get that e-mail," Candace said. "So, you just got to have hope."


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