My name is Tonya Ganze and I'm married to LCpl Dustin A. Ganze of the United States Marine corps reserve. We have been together for 2 years and married on March 15Th of this year. Dustin has been with Ordnance Maintenance Co. in Waco, Texas for 3 years. In addition to the reserves he works a full time civilian job. He takes on all this responsibility without any complaints, all to support his family and country. Sadly we lost Dustin's mother 3 months before our wedding day. She was so very proud of him and wanted more than anything to see him marry in uniform, which he did. We are waiting very patiently to hear from his unit about deployment. Dustin was to deploy to Iraq in May but it has now been pushed back until sometime around December. This will be his first deployment and despite the fact that he is the sole provider for our family he is very willing to go. He believes if some of his brothers and sisters in the corps can be deployed 2 or 3 times he can definitely take his turn. His going may mean someone else doesn't have to take another tour. In the military each day with your loved one is cherished. We have friends who have had to miss out on anniversaries, births, and their children's growing up due to multiple deployments. I am very proud of my husband and the choices he makes out of pure love and care for us. The Marine Corps has definitely strengthened the wonderful person he is.
--Tonya, a proud Marine Wife
**Remember, as part of this summer long contest, I will be donating a portion of my proceeds from all of my book sales between the dates of 6/1/09-8/31/09 to ASMBA STAR an outstanding charity for Veterans and their families**