War keeps newlyweds apart on Valentine's Day

Diane Hrabe, Staff Writer

Your first date, first kiss, first love... We all remember these milestones in our lives.

For Matthew and Amanda (Simon) Rice, this Valentine's Day will be their first as husband and wife.

The couple was married on December 22, 2006. A month later, on their one-month anniversary, they said goodbye (for now) as Matt, 28, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, was deployed to Iraq.

We've known each other for five years and have been good friends for so long. We talked about his going into the military

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