When Liz Delk heard about Tuesday's roadside bombing of American soldiers' convoy near Mosul in Iraq and later received a telephone call, she said her greatest fear was that bad news was on the way. Instead, her husband, Matthew, called her from a hospital in Iraq to say he was OK.
Delk's injuries were not considered serious enough to be sent home. But he is being transferred to a military hospital in Germany, and Liz is making arrangements to fly to his bedside.
"I feel pretty fortunate," Liz said. "It definitely takes a lot of stress off of me, and it helps my family."
In a later phone call, Matthew Delk expressed sorrow over the death of one of two buddies he pulled from the flames.
Delk has been using high-tech tools to keep in touch with family and county staff. His numerous e-mails to county employees and telephone calls home to Liz help them deal with the uncertainties of war.
"All I can say -- Matthew, all the soldiers and all the families that are here -- keep them in your prayers and thoughts because we need support, too," Liz said. "Soldiers have things going on there and families have a lot of stuff here, too."
Liz plans to take a plane trip to Germany Sunday to see her husband. Matthew Delk has been Halifax County manager since 2001.
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