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U.S. Army vets find love in war

Samantha and Jason Bedore Samantha and Jason Bedore
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's a love story that began in a very unlikely place - in the war-torn country of Iraq.

Jason and Samantha Bedore are two U.S. Army veterans who found love in war.

"We didn't like each other so much when we were out there," said Samantha Bedore. "Once we got back to U.S. we realized that we found a relationship that can't be explained. It just felt natural having him by my side, and we haven't left each other's side since."

The Bedores both worked convoy security for the Army's 4th Brigade 1st Armored division in 2009.

They said that with their lives in danger every day, they never had time to think about love.

It wasn't until they returned home that everything changed.

"We were both covered in dirt, smelly, always and working in the sun," said Jason Bedore. "The moment we weren't around each other, that's what made us realize we were best friends. Once we got back I realized it and said, 'Where is she?'"

The couple recently transferred to Grand Canyon University where Jason Bedore is studying to become a teacher and Samantha Bedore is studying to become a physical therapist.

Samantha Bedore said that she was inspired by her husband's recovery after he was injured by gunfire and a roadside bomb.

Jason Bedore served five tours in Iraq and was awarded a purple heart.

The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Karissa, who will soon learn that honor, faith and love of country runs in the family.

"She'll be well-rounded in all of the stuff we've been through," said Samantha Bedore. "Who we are and what we experienced."

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