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A modern day tale of love and war, My Special Force is the true story of a military widow's relationship with her beloved husband and the lifelong impact he made on those around him. Weaving together the letters they wrote to each other while he was stationed in Iraq with her own story, Heather, now a single mother, tells the story of Ryan Means, whose zest for life, bravery, and indomitable spirit changed her forever. After losing his best friend in the September 11 tragedy, thirty year-old Ryan leaves his old life in New York behind to join up with the Special Forces where he meets Heather while in training. After multiple deployments and two lonely pregnancies, Heather must summon unthinkable reserves of strength when Ryan is given thirty days to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just weeks before the birth of his second child. In this universal story of patriotism, courage, and what it means to be truly transformed by the person you love, we get the devastating yet inspiring story of one single mother's story of what it means to have known and loved a warrior.

Heather Means lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two daughters, Elizabeth and Sophie Ryan. In the wake of her husband's death, she aspires to raise awareness of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Wounded Warrior Program.

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When his best friend Adam was killed in the Twin Towers on 9/11 the life of Ryan Means was changed forever. Ryan was 27 years old at the time, single and living a relatively carefree lifestyle in New York City. Over the next year or so Ryan did an awful lot of soul-searching and came to the conclusion that he wanted to do something with his life that would make a difference. At the same time, he was bound and determined to avenge the loss of his friend. From the time he was a little kid Ryan had …
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