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Army wives rally at Fort Bragg

Posted July 16, 2008

— More than 200 military wives rallied Wednesday outside Fort Bragg to counter an anti-military protest by an out-of-state group.

The anti-military protest was staged in the wake of two recent slayings of female soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg.

The decomposed body of Spc. Megan Touma was found in a Fayetteville motel room on June 21. Police have called the case a homicide and have questioned a soldier at Fort Bragg.

Authorities said they believe charred remains found Sunday in Onslow County belong to 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, a nurse at Womack Army Medical Center who has been missing since July 10. Her estranged husband, Marine Cpl. John Wimunc, has been charged with murder.

The back-to-back slayings rekindled memories of the summer of 2002, when four wives at Fort Bragg were killed by their soldier-husbands in the span of six weeks.

Studies have put the domestic violence rate in the military at three to five times that of the civilian population, but military experts contend it's a stretch to link the murders directly to combat service. Fort Bragg officials said they haven't seen a spike in domestic disturbances in recent months, but they acknowledged the stress that deployments put on couples.

"When a soldier comes back from overseas from a deployment, as part of their reintegration training, they get another briefing on the programs that are available," Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum said.

The post offers a variety of counseling services, McCollum said.

"We've got them at Womack Army Hospital. We've got them through the Army Community Services. We also have them through our chaplain," he said.

Sources close to the Wimunc investigation said Holley Wimunc had counseling appointments on post but never showed up. Court records also show she didn't attend a hearing about a restraining order she sought against her husband in May, so it was dismissed.

Members of Fort Bragg Mommies, the group staging the Wednesday rally, said they stick together to help ease the strain on anyone's marriage.

"I think it just depends on the marriage you had before (your husband) left. If you didn't have a good one before (he) left, being gone is only going to make it that much harder," Christy Lynch said.


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  • shep8851 Jul 18, 2008

    Army wives, certainly. They are the ones who organized the counter protest. But, there were active duty personnel, retired military personnel, veterans ( myself being one), civilians and people of every other catagory. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps were all well repesented. Just so it gets reported clearly.

  • CAJ110307 Jul 18, 2008

    It wasn't just army wives out there. WRAL has it just a bit twisted.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Jul 18, 2008


    It is true, those protestors celebrate the deaths of American GI's.

    They'd make great Democrats, the only difference is the reason each of the two groups laugh and cheer at the flag drapped coffins.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Jul 18, 2008


    What are you talking about? Do you have any clue?

    My daugther is an "Army wife" and she works full time as do most Army wives. In fact, my daughter is in the military as well. Have you ever been on a base before? Ever?

    I "love" to read the comments from people whose sole connection to the military is that they had a GI Joe action figure when they were a kid.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Jul 18, 2008

    If we are going to accept the premise that something is wrong with the military because of an established rate of domestic violence I suppose we should first look at comparable numbers from the civilian community. The demographics for the military are quite different from general society. The dominant age group is 18-25 and it is male. Comparing apples to apples would probably reveal the domestic violence rate amongst military personnel is lower than it is among civilians in that same age range.

    Last year pro-terrorst groups such as Code Pink claimed the suicide rate for GI's in Iraq was "high" compared to the civilian rate. True. However, the suicide rate for 18-25 year old males in the military is far lower than the suicide rate for 18-25 year old male civilians in the US. A 20 year old male civilian in Iowa is more likely to kill himself than a 20 year old male USMC infantryman in Iraq. The Xtremists and sloppy journalists don't care data that doesn't fit on a bumper sticker.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Jul 18, 2008


    Your response is expected from a political extremist. No one who volunteers for military service signs up to fight an "illegal war". The fact that it is not illegal needs to be reiterated to you evidently. We signed up to defend the Constitution, if that means fighting a war, so be it.

    This alleged "patriotic dissent" you engage in is a luxury provided to you by men better than yourself. Enjoy it, you get it on the cheap.

  • newtodurham Jul 18, 2008

    I cannot figure out why in a two-income economy, why Army wives are above working. They always ask us to respect their husbands, but our tax dollars afford them the option to stay at home.

    I wonder how many Army husbands stay at home?

  • Trublue in Wake County Jul 17, 2008

    They should have been pelted with urine filled balloons and asked to sign pictures of convicted catholic priests. Lucky they were'nt in my county, they would have been the most ticketed and vehicle seized group on the planet - starting with the brother and sister shyster team.

  • dwntwnboy Jul 17, 2008

    At least the article focused on the good protesters vs the bad. The less press that is given to this fringe religious group, the better. That's all they are after. They are religious bullies trying to get someone to deny them their right to spread hate so they can sue them and make more money- money they use to go protest again somewhere else. They have the right, but the press has figured out their game and is giving attention to those more deserving- the families and friends of those fallen service members who are trying to be remembered.

  • oversleeper Jul 17, 2008

    nice work ladies, and denverbob looks a little trolly to me...