A Yakima Guardsmen told me she's preparing to leave her family and her new husband behind for the next 18-months.
The 790th Chemical Company doesn't leave until Monday, but Private First Class Maria Hausner couldn't contain her emotions. She cried in her husband kyle's arms. They met just nine months ago.
"New orleans, Louisiana. Katrina Relief," Maria says.
They're romance began while they were both stationed there during the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort. Now Maria has to leave her new husband behind.
"yes, i know i'm mentally prepared," she says.
kyle has been able to help her prepare mentally because his been there himself. Two years ago, he also served in Iraq with the National Guard.
"I want her prepared as she can be, so I've told her everything that I've experienced," he says.
Maria and Kyle spent the early afternoon in the parking lot outside the National Guard Armory with her family.
She hugged her sister, talked with her mother, and mostly just tried to prepare herself to say goodbye this weekend.
"I'm feeling a little bit of everything," she says, "Sad, but anxious to go and get it over with."
Sad and anxious, but not scared. Maria hausner volunteered for this mission. When asked if it feels good to serve her country, she replies, "Oh, yes it does."