Matthew Reed Smith, age 24, was killed in Iraq while serving as a Marine with the U.S. military forces. His mother, Colleen Parkin, spoke to him on the phone the day before he died.


Through a chance meeting in May 2006, Colleen was able to meet a visiting group of "Women for Future - Iraq" delegates at the store where she works. When the Iraqi women learned of Colleen's loss, they immediately wrapped their arms around her, kissed her, cried with her, and thanked her for her son's service in Iraq.


From this experience, FUTURE along with "Women for Future — Iraq" created the Hugs for Healing program. The program is designed to bring American women and their families together with Iraqi women to provide a safe and healing environment to comfort mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters who have suffered the loss of a loved one. If you are interested in being apart of this program, click on "I'm a FUTURE supporter for Hugs for Healing."

Colleen Parkin and her son, Matthew Reed Smith

 Colleen Parkin with "Women for Future - Iraq" delegates


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