Friday, April 24, 2009

A fallen hero

PFC Richard A Dewater

1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division; deployed out of Fort Hood, Texas
Rick was killed by an improvised explosive device during an ambush, while on a dismounted patrol near Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, April 15, 2009. He was age 21 at the time of his passing.
Additional Tribute Blog Post: Burial Service, April 18, 2009

The New York Times produced this stirring—and hard to watch—piece on the incident. Warning, this is not for sensitive people, but should be watched by all who want to understand what our service members risk for us every day. Click on the image below to play the slideshow.

If you would like to honor this fallen hero, we have some opportunities you may wish to consider:

  1. Make a financial gift in his name to to help our boxes get out to more heroes. Rick’s wish, according to his father, would be that we keep supporting those deployed overseas, especially in the Korengal Valley where he died. Give by paypal, check or cash.
  2. Make a commitment to write AnyHero cards in Rick's hono.. Make sure no hero goes without a thank-you from the homefront. Send them to any shipper—it can be one, a few, or many. It can be just you, your family, or your club, school, or church.
  3. Make a commitment to make blank cards in Rick's honor. Bless other heroes and help them keep in touch with their loved ones. Choose an amount that works for you, and think of this fallen hero while making them.
  4. Write a card for the family and send it alone or along with your other donations to any one of our shippers; we’ll pass them on to the family.
  5. Any combination of the above.

It's up to you how you might feel compelled to honor him and all the other young men and women putting their lives on the line for us all. If you want to make a public commitment that the family can read, you can post it as a comment on this thread, and/or click here to view and sign their guest book.

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