Rhonda and Jay ~ Iraq Pre-Deployment

Right now Sgt. Jay Wilhelm is on his way to starting his first tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Knowing this, you might think he was a kid out of high school. Instead you can hear the confidence and commitment in his voice. He goes to war with the experience of having formerly served in Haiti and working as a civilian in the prison system. Iraq began – and Jay felt it was important to return to duty.

“I’m in it now ’til I retire,” he told me standing in the middle of the Veterans Memorial in Galesburg on Monday morning with his wife, Rhonda.

The couple married in January, right before he left for two months of training in Oklahoma. Rhonda and Jay had a few days together before he had to return Wednesday – expecting to come home anytime between August and next year. “We really don’t know,” he said.

There are a lot of unknowns, but Rhonda and Jay are ready to face them.

And I’m honored I had a chance to spend time with the two during an OpLove Pre-Deployment session photographed at the memorial and Lake Storey Park in Galesburg.

Sgt. Jay Wilhelm and wife, Rhonda

Sgt. Jay Wilhelm and wife, Rhonda

Lifestyle images by www.accentphotographics.com

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