This is written in response the to the American Courage #148 newsletter. I read the various responses both for and against a wife getting an EGA tattoo. I am married to a Marine and I feel that I sacrifice just as much as he does. We’ve been married for less than 2 years, we’re on our 2nd deployment and are looking at a third before our 3rd anniversary. I don’t feel like I’ve earned the EGA though. My husband busted his @$$ over the course of 13 weeks to earn the right to wear the emblem, I did not (even though we’ve been together since before he went to boot). However, I wanted to show my pride in being a married to one of the few and the proud. I custom made my own tattoo. Semper Fidelis with roses, a symbol of the strength and beauty of Marine Corps wives. Here is a picture of my tat: I will always be faithful to my husband, my children and my country. I am here backing up my husband at home so he can do the job he proudly signed up for. He’s a grunt and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Do what you think is right, but I agree with most of the people who said that you have to “earn” the right to wear the EGA. It’s more than just 13 weeks of bootcamp, 1 mo of SOI, 7 mos of combat duty in Iraq. It’s blood, sweat, tears, being in a fire fight and watching your brother die beside you. It’s fighting for your life. We go through our hardships at home, but nothing will ever compare to what our Marines go through. Respectfully, Amy Baker, proud wife of Cpl. James Baker Jr.