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Minnesota National Guard
Brigade extension doesn't stifle Rhode marriage

Spc Abraham Rhode, Co E, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry and his new wife, Mrs Amanda Rhode were married March 28

However, the marriage proved to be a unique ordeal Spc Rhode and Amanda were married by a priest They had family present They were looking directly at each other during their vows The unique part was that all of this was done while the two were thousands of miles away; Amanda in Inver Grove Heights, Minn and Abraham in Tallil Iraq

Amanda and Abraham were married over a video teleconference that was set up by the Minnesota National Guard Many different people came together to make the marriage happen

Spc Rhode and Amanda had planned on getting married shortly after his originally projected return date However, with the extension of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team's deployment in Iraq, the wedding would not have been until after August, '07 With Amanda carrying Abraham's child, the two decided that was too long to wait, and sought help through resources in the Guard

"We do what we can to help a deployed Soldier and their family," Phil Stephan, Minnesota National Guard Distance Learning Coordinator

Mr Stephan worked with Family Assistance Centers and other groups to pull the effort together

"I'm so grateful to everyone who worked to help make this happen," said Spc Rhode "I can't say "˜thank you' enough"

While Amanda was in a conference room with family, Abraham was in a small room with his best man, Spc David Vacek, Co E, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry

Though the two were far away, their feelings for each other were clearly stated and made known to everyone around

"He means the world to me," said Amanda

March 29, 2007
By Cpl Joe Roos
NorthStar GUARD Online: 3/28/07
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