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DENVER -- We hear a lot about injured soldiers coming home from war, but what about the spouses who are there to help through the tough times?

A local veterans charity is honoring a Colorado woman who stood by the side of her high school sweetheart, when his life changed forever.

Becky Hinkhouse was only 18 when her then-boyfriend, Kade, was severely injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2005.

“I just didn't even know what to do with myself, our relationship, anything,” she told FOX31 Denver.

But she stuck by his side, through some of the toughest challenges a couple can face.

“You know, we come home, there's a big parade for us, the guys who do come home, posters everywhere and a lot of times in a lot of speeches, it’s about the veterans, it's not about the spouses,” Kade said.

But that's about to change.  On Thursday, October 10, Becky is being honored by the Colorado charity Veterans Passport to Hope, as the keynote speaker at their annual gala at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

Organizers say her story offers inspiration and hope to other military spouses dealing with the same hardships.

“I would not have asked for this in a million years, but since it's happened, you have to deal with it, and you have to make the best of it.”

And the Hinkhouse family has done just that, with a lot of assistance.  They've been blessed with excellent medical care, and family and friends who help out.

They were also blessed with a brand new, handicapped-accessible home, thanks to 500 volunteers from the charity Homes for Our Troops.

For this family, today, life couldn't be more perfect.  And this year, their home became an even happier place, with the addition of their 11-month-old daughter Zoe.

If you'd like to hear Becky's inspiring story  in person, there are still tickets available to the Veteran's Passport to Hope gala next Thursday night.  Money raised goes to help Colorado veterans.

For ticket information, click here: http://www.veteranspassport2hope.org/2013-gala/