Osama bin Laden's death did not bring Daphanie Kinlow's husband back.
She's acutely aware of the void when she realizes he won't be there for the graduations of his son, Chauncey, from college or his daughter, Chelsea, from high school she said Monday after learning that bin Laden, the mastermind of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed thousands of Americans at the World Trade Center in New York and at the Pentagon, had been killed by a team of American Navy SEALs.
Kinlow's husband, Sgt. James Kinlow of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Combat Brigade, died in Iraq on July 24, 2005, when a roadside bomb destroyed the Humvee in which he and three other members of the unit were riding.
"I am grateful and thankful that justice has been served," Kinlow, payroll manager for the McDuffie County Board of Education, said of bin Laden's death.
She said she hopes bin Laden's death will send a message to other terrorists.
"If it takes 10 years, we will hunt you down, and we will eliminate you," she said. "That is one less terrorist we have worry about."
Kinlow says she never felt that her husband's death was in vain.
"He served his country."
She believes that U.S. forces brought about major changes in Iraq. But even if they had not, she said, she believes her husband's sacrifice would have been worthwhile.