Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in AlumnInsider, the Penn State Alumni Association's monthly e-newsletter. Image: Jesse Brandenburg
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jesse Brandenburg figured she’d see at least one smiling face after she drove eight hours to Maine to greet her boyfriend (now husband) after he returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. But what happened next surprised her.
Jesse continually kept in touch with Paul while he was stationed overseas and in California in 2010; the two got married this summer and both will graduate from Penn State in May, Paul with a degree in history and Jesse with one in biology.
While Paul was deployed, Jesse had also regularly been sending him care packages, which included socks, deodorant, snacks and cookies, among other items.