Bin Laden's Death Doesn't Heal Soldier's Family

By John W. Davis

May 2, 2011 Updated May 2, 2011 at 10:19 PM EST

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -"It (Osama bin Laden's death) doesn't make me feel better that Billy is gone," said Jennifer Chaffee, sister of 22-year-old Lance Corporal William "Billy" Crouse, who was killed December 21, 2010, in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Indiana's NewsCenter met with Chaffee at her home in LaGrange County Monday night.

Chaffee's brother, Marine Billy Crouse, was killed in a explosion last December, with his bomb sniffing dog, "Cane".

Chaffee said she heard about bin Laden's death on the radio Monday morning, as she was getting ready for work.

She said she is glad the military found him but the war is far from over.

Chaffee said she went about today, just like she would any other day.

She thought about her younger brother, Billy.

Everyday, she thinks about what he could have done when he came home from Afghanistan.

She thinks about how Billy wanted to go to school and eventually get married and have children.

Meanwhile, Chaffee said she is coping with Billy's death by building a memorial for him outside her home.

She has installed three flag poles.

The left pole flies the Indiana state flag.

The middle pole flies the American flag.

The right pole flies the Marine core flag.

Chaffee said she's also coping by coaching a middle school summer league softball team.

Meanwhile, with thousands of Americans celebrating, Indiana's NewsCenter asked Chaffee does Osama bin Laden's death "validate" Billy's death?

"I don't know if it does or not," responded Chaffee.

"It doesn't make me feel any better that Billy is gone. It doesn't make me feel like, oh yeah not I finally have some peace because I don't. That doesn't make that go away," continued Chaffee.

When asked what could make her feel better?

Chaffee responded, "they (the troops) come home, safe."




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