After Porter left the Army, as so many to, he joined the Army National Guard. One night, during his Annual Training, a call came in and he was sent to the now-closed and decaying UAD in order to investigate some reports of suspicous activity. He never came home.
Buffy, eagerly awaiting Porter's return from his two weeks away, answered a knock at the door late one night. She found an Army Chaplain and Pepper, the OARNG Supply Sergeant and a good friend, standing on her doorstep holding a cardboard box. Inside the box, was a gallon-sized jug containing all that was left of her husband.
Four days later, we meet Buffy as she sits on the side of a hill, trying desperately to find the strength to let Porter go. She is numb inside, not even able to find the strength to cry any more. When her friend Red comes to help them with a situation involving the new FBI agent in town, the only thing she can do is shrug her shoulders, return Porter's urn to her backpack, and follow her.