“When we found out she was going to a danger zone, we questioned it,” said her father, Bill Matthews, 78, a retired printing press operator from Harrisburg, Pa. “I do believe she needed more training.”
As devout Christians, they believe that “there is a plan and purpose behind it all,” her father said. “She’s in heaven right now. Some day, we’ll see her.”
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At his home near Fredericksburg, Anderson spends most of his time with his daughter, now 14, and two sons, 11 and 9. (He didn’t want their names published to protect their privacy.) The family is living off a stipend paid by the federal government as a result of his wife’s death. He wants a new job, something science-related, but his chief focus is on being a single father.
“I can’t be a mom, but I gotta be better dad than I was before because I have to make up for the fact Jen’s not around,” he said.