Name: Patricia "Pat" Glass (née Galloway)
Background: Patricia Galloway is roughly the same age as Terry, the daughter of a banker at a regional financial institution. Patty and Terry met while Terry was stationed at Ft. Lewis, in Washington State. (She was working part-time as a receptionist for a veterinarian when Terry accompanied a fellow soldier into the vet to seek treatment for a sick dog.)
The two “clicked” and began a whirlwind courtship, something quite unusual for the otherwise conservative and cautious Patricia. When he proposed, she had a moment of private doubt before accepting. This doubt would linger throughout the marriage.
Her hope had been that, now that they were married, Terry would begin to phase himself out of military service and stay in the area, where Patricia had spent her entire life and had put down roots. She felt betrayed when he entered the Special Forces, a career plan he had not confided in her prior to the marriage.
It became clear to her quite early on that she was not meant to be the wife of a combat officer, and it was equally clear that asking Terry to be anything but a combat officer would be less than useless. The birth of their daughter, Emily—while Terry was deployed on a “training exercise” in the Philippines—did little to improve the situation.
During Terry's previous deployment to Iraq, Patty finally asked for a trial separation, a separation that is ultimately put on hold after her injured husband's return to the home front.
Writer Eric Trautmann: "Patty is a tough customer, but, like Terry, she doesn't really find the strength to admit what her fears and issues are, at least not until it's late in the game and a lot of damage has been done.
"She's spent so long being the 'perfect Army wife' and putting her own needs on the back burner that she's become harder, less sympathetic. While Terry's injuries are part of our 'investigation' into the cost of war, so is Patty's demeanor. She used to laugh a lot more, and, to me, the loss of empathy she's undergone is just as tragic."
Brandon Jerwa: "Patty is an interesting exception to my usual character development, in that I don't really think she's based on anyone. She sort of stepped into the story fully-formed, if that doesn't sound ridiculous. There are aspects of my wife, and perhaps female friends I've known, but those are little bits in the mix. I think we were very careful, as with Terry, to balance her angrier moments. She is not the villain of the piece, but she is often in direct opposition to our protagonist. It takes a steady hand to keep that relationship on an even keel."
Patty was one of the character designs that seemed to be the toughest to lock down. Artist Steve Lieber's original take on her (see below) is excellent, but changed the most radically by the time the illustration work began.