Men don't often keep journals, and Dana says she was surprised at how attached Charles became to his. "He told me it was very therapeutic to him to write for Jordan before he slept. He'd go out on his missions, come back at night and write well into the night," she says. "I encourage every man to do this."

Dana says she was struck by certain themes that repeat themselves in the journal. "He writes an awful lot about the power of God in his life and the power of prayer. He writes a lot about his love of military service," she says. "He writes, probably more than anything, about his respect for women. ... I'm very proud of that."

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