Browsing: Afghanistan

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier returned from Afghanistan this month to find that the loved one he’d thought was waiting for him had disappeared. First Lt. Brandon Harker left his yellow lab, Oakley, in the care of a friend during his nine-month deployment. But when Harker got home to Lakeland, Wash., he learned that his dog had been sold or given away while he was serving his country, according to an ad he posted on Craigslist. “I am just trying to get him back to me since he was wrongfully given away or sold [without] my permission while I was…

Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti’s father had no idea he was the inspiration behind a No. 1 Billboard country hit. It was Memorial Day weekend two years ago, and Paul Monti was interviewed on the radio about his son, who was killed June 21, 2006, in Afghanistan and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. Connie Harrington, a Nashville-based songwriter, was listening in her car. “He mentioned that he drives his son’s truck as a way to feel close to him,” Harrington said. “I was just really moved that he still drove his son’s truck.…

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