Military widows gather for pampering retreat

February 11, 2011 6:18:16 PM PST
A young military widow, who founded a program to help other widows like herself, is in the Bay Area preparing to host a group of women at a weekend pampering retreat. One of their hosts is John's Grill in San Francisco.

That's where I met Taryn Davis, on Friday. She founded the online American Widow Project at the age of 21, after her Army-husband Michael was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. They had been married a year and a half. She helped herself heal, by traveling the country, and making a documentary. She created a social network that connects the widows of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and most of the widows are very young.

"We have 6,000 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, 80 percent of all military wives are under the age of 35, so you're looking at around 3,000 military widows throughout our country that are under that age range," said Davis.

John's Grill is providing transportation and lunch this weekend. Taryn will present the group of widows with a collage of pictures, and a necklace with a heart.