CK: No, our apartment isn't very big, but it's home. I like it. The only bad part is that we don't have air conditioning, because the apartment's electrical wiring won't support it. And it gets pretty hot in the Palm Springs area. We do have a swamp cooler, which is like a window fan.
SI: Considering everything the country has been through, what's the last year been like for the girlfriend of a Marine?
CK: I've learned that life is too short. I also have a greater appreciation for the men and women who sacrifice their lives to make us safe. The military is like a family, and they hold a special place in my heart.