Staff Sergeant David Staats was killed in Iraq when his vehicle was hit by a road side bomb. The same roadside bomb that killed 19-year-old Seth Stanton, also from Colorado Springs.
Sergeant Staats' wife Meagan is home in Colorado Springs for the holidays, and she is going through all stages of grief. She just can't believe, that her soldier, the love of her life, is gone.
The love story between David and Meagan Staats began 6 years ago, when Meagan began writing to an unknown soldier, stationed in Kuwait.
"I chose him as a pen pal, my first letters to him were dear soldier, thanks for serving our country, really dry stuff."
But it didn't take long for those notes to turn into love letters.
"Before we knew it, we were talking about our dreams, who we really were," Meagan explains.
And Meagan talks about how much David made her laugh. She says, "laughed all the time, he was so funny, even when it was serious he'd find a way to be funny."
Even when he was just telling Meagan he loved her, he had his own way, he'd say, "I love you more than hodgy Mountain Dew, I love you more than almond rocha, I love you more than a Very Brady Christmas."
Meagan will never again, hear her husband say those words, something she has a hard time grasping.
"Its like it's not real, it's like i can send him this tape."
In all of this, Meagan does have someone she can turn to. Anna Stanton lost her son. Seth and David, were both killed by the same roadside bomb.
"So when she says she understands, she truly understands."
Understands the emptiness Meagan is feeling, now that her love story, has an ending.
"My husband was a patriot and a hero, not just because of his job, he was the best husband imaginable, not another one like him ever."
Staff Sergeant Staats also left behind an 8 year-old son Tyler and a 7 year-old daughter Katie.
The service for Staff Sergeant Staats will be held Saturday December 30th, at 11 am. It will be at Holy Apostles Church at 4925 N Carefree Circle in Colorado Springs.