Two Soldiers, Scarred by the Same Battle, Reunite 10 Years Later

A Hero

While Miltenberger is still suffering from guilt, he's a hero to Young.

"I will always respect him and admire Robert Miltenberger until the day I leave this earth," Young says about the man he hasn't seen since Black Sunday. "I just remember him trying to keep my spirits up, keep me from going into shock, and trying to make me feel better about the situation and for that, he's become one of my heroes and I have the deepest and most outright respect for Robert."

Claudia Young is realistic about the depth of her husband's illness, but tells Miltenberger without him they never would have met.

"I'm sorry it's been so hard," Claudia Young tells them. "But you know you saved him and I've had this life, we had this life together and there's no hard feelings. It's been a very difficult journey but sometimes the hardest journey you learn the most. And as long as there's love ... if there wasn't love, this wouldn't be possible."

"We are going to get through. We just want to celebrate our life," she tells them, adding, "It's hard, but it's not sad."

Some Peace

The reunion won't help Young's physical wounds and the men have plenty of emotional scars that may never heal completely, but both say they are "happy" they met up to try and move forward from that horrible day.

Miltenberger says the painful memories from Black Sunday won't go anywhere, but their reunion "creates new memories."

Belinda Miltenberger knows her husband will still struggle, but she believes the meeting will "relieve some of his guilt."

"I think he knows now he's not responsible, even though a small part of him will always feel like he is," she says.

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