From The Sunday Times December 20, 2009 Afghanistan army widow: Iâm hurting now but the nation will be hurt for generations Christina Schmid, whose husband Oz died in Helmand, says we have yet to realise the lasting impact of injured troops (Dwayne Senior) Oz, pictured, and Christina talked about what would happen if he was killed in Afghanistan and he asked her to speak up for other soldiers Margarette Driscoll RECOMMEND? (2) One morning last week, with the end of term approaching, Christina Schmid and her six-year-old son Laird were brushing their teeth together before dashing out to school. As the little boy went to replace his brush in the holder, he said: âWhat shall we do with Dadâs toothbrush?â âIt stopped me in my tracks,â says Christina. âI hadnât even noticed that Ozâs toothbrush was still there. And this happens all the time â you think youâre having a normal day and suddenly the pain is so searing, so strong, it takes your breath away.â Six weeks ago, Christina, 34, caught the nationâs imagination as she stood among the crowd at Wootton Bassett, applauding her husbandâs coffin as it returned from Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Olaf âOzâ Schmid, a âhigh threatâ bomb disposal expert with the Royal Logistic Corps, had been blown up as he attempted to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED) on what should have been the last day of his tour. They had talked about what would happen if he died and Oz, 30, had said he was worried about what his team would think if they saw Christina âin bitsâ. So when the day came for her to take her place at the repatriation, she pinned his medals on her lapel and put a smile on her face. âIâm very, very pleased to have my husband home. Heâs an absolute hero,â she said. More http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6962663.ece?