On the day FOX6 dropped by, Benefield was writing the name Capt. Kyle Comfort in red ink. Comfort, an Army Ranger and Jacksonville native, was killed in Afganistan earlier this year.
"All you would've had to have done is join the military at any point," Benefield tells us. "I especially like to get Vietnam vets on the tree because they had such a bad deal when they came home."
About 700 names are now on the tree, ranging from people currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, to veterans of the War of 1812, to even famous names like Senator John McCain (who got a red POW ribbon) and Elvis Presley.
She takes suggestions by email and her Facebook site among other places.
"The tree doesn't cost anything, it's just my way of dealing with him being gone," she says.
"I want to have this whole tree covered in ribbons before he comes home in December for R & R. And I plan on keeping them on the tree until everybody's babies are home, not just mine."