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Kentuckiana military families react to death of Osama bin Laden

The Singleton family (Source: Shavonne Singleton) The Singleton family (Source: Shavonne Singleton)
SSG Matthew Beaulieu SSG Matthew Beaulieu
Lynn Romans Lynn Romans
Sgt. Darrin Potter Sgt. Darrin Potter

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden continues to pour in from all around the world. It's having an impact here at home for thousands of military families.

We talked with a woman who's husband is in the Army and still in Afghanistan. She says bin Laden's death is concerning because it could spark more violence. With her husband away from home, Shavonne Singleton is dealing with mixed emotions.

"It was shocking. I was surprised, then a little concerned," Singleton said.

Shavonne's husband of 17 years, Troy, and all his comrades are still fighting the war on terror. Shavonne and her daughter Trinity hold on to pictures while sending up prayers.

"I know it's not going to change anything. He's still has his job to do. I try not to live in fear," Shavonne said.

While this military family watches and waits for their loved one to come home, Staff Sergeant Matthew Beaulieu is back. The Fort Knox soldier returned from Afghanistan Sunday, the same day we all learned bin Laden was dead, a decade after 9-11.

"I think it's phenomenal. I really do. It needed to be done, just to put that word out there you know? We are not going to give up if you come in and harm us no matter what," Beaulieu said.

This history-making moment means something a little different for every military member and every family. It's been almost eight years since Lynn Romans had to say goodbye to her son, Sergeant Darrin Potter. He was the first member of the Kentucky National Guard killed in the global war on terror.

"And so, my thought, was, 'Darrin, your death was not in vain.' Although I don't think it was ever in vain. He died a hero. He died serving his country. He died making our country a better place," Romans said.

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