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Local Guardsman Falls in Love While Serving Overseas in Iraq

Yakima, Wa -  If you don't believe in internet dating, You may want to reconsider.

A local guardsman from the 792nd Chemical Company says he fell in love with his bride while overseas in Iraq.

The couple never even until he returned to the states a few weeks ago.  They celebrated their romance at a ceremony honoring the 792nd at the Yakima National Guard Armory on Tuesday.

"My only concern is loving her everyday," says Corp. Donny Canter of the 792nd Chemical Company.

Christine and Donny Canter hug and kiss and laugh.

They look like typical newlyweds, but their love story is anything but ordinary.

"Got on e-harmony and answered all the questions," says Donny, "That's how I met Christy."

The couple met on an internet website just before Donny was deployed to Iraq more than a year ago.  Donny lives in Yakima.  Chrisitine is from Austin, Texas.  They never had the chance to meet in person before he left.

"He's everything!" says Christine.

While Donny was overseas, they wrote each other emails and talked on the phone whenever possible.  Christine sent him care packages every week.

"June 17th...  I called her on a cell phone from Iraq.  I got on one knee and I asked her to marry me."

He had never met his bride to be.  That did not happen until ten days ago.  They were married this past Saturday. 

They sat next to each other, holding hands at the celebration for the 792nd on Tuesday, looking at their wedding photos on Donny's laptop.

"When I was going through tough times in Iraq, she was always there...  there to listen," says Donny.

The two lovebirds boarded a plane early Tuesday evening. They're off to Texas now.  Donny still hasn't met Christine;s family.  He says he's excited, but not nervous. 

The couple plans to settle down in Tieton.

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