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Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 05:32 PM PST

IGTNT: Special Forces Soldier Remembered

by CalNM

Since 2001, 2356 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and since 2003, 4489 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember a soldier killed in Afghanistan:

Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana

Please take a moment below to remember him,
and all those who have died in these wars.

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Since 2001, 2330 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and between 2003 and 2012, 4486 U.S. troops lost their lives while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember five soldiers accidentally killed
by a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan:

Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California
Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, of Butler, Georgia
Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, Ohio
Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, Washington
Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, Illinois

Please take a moment below to remember them,
and all those who have died in these wars.

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Since 2001, 2321 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and between 2003 and 2012, 4468 U.S. troops lost their lives while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember an Veteran Army Ranger and family man killed in Afghanistan:

Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona

Please take a moment below to remember him,
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Greg Muskewitz ::: Dec 28, 1981 – April 22, 2005 ::: R.I.P.

Ten years ago today, I lost my friend Greg to cancer. He was only 23 years old. Quite a tragedy when somebody dies so young, yet Greg said ahead of time it was okay because he’d already had such a full and wonderful life. He loved being with his family. And he was already living his dream job: being a writer and film critic. He blogged in LiveJournal, and posted on websites and message boards, read books, and watched, reviewed and talked movies.

Greg wanted to be remembered and he is impossible to forget. To learn more about this incredible young man who accomplished so much, please follow me.

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Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 05:13 PM PDT

IGTNT: Beloved Son of a Vietnam Veteran

by CalNM


Since 2001, 2316 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and from 2003 to 2012, 4486 U.S. troops died while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder of the heartbreaking wartime news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember an Army officer who died while serving in Afghanistan:

Captain James Edward Chaffin III, 27, of West Columbia, South Carolina

Please take a moment below to remember him,
and all those who have lost their lives in these wars.

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Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 05:59 PM PST

IGTNT: Love Knows No Distance

by CalNM

Since 2001, 2308 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and between 2003 and 2012, 4468 U.S. troops lost their lives while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember three soldiers, husbands, and fathers who died in Afghanistan:

Sgt. Daniel T. Lee, 28, of Crossville, Tennessee
Sgt. Drew M. Scobie, 25, of Kailua, Hawaii
Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams, 27, of Cheyenne, Wyoming

Please take a moment below to remember them,
and all those who have died in these wars.

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Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 05:33 PM PST

IGTNT: We Remember Them 2013

by CalNM

Tonight, we light a candle of memory against the darkness of grief and loss. We remember.

This retrospective is a compilation of 2013's "I Got the News Today" (IGTNT) memorial diaries from January through December. They are tributes to the American service members who died as a result of the war in Afghanistan. When you click on the links, you'll find their stories--the details that their teachers and friends remember, the last phone calls home to parents, their Facebook messages to loved ones. These are not numbers or abstractions. They were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, parents, children, friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in arms. Their lives mattered.

If you are new to the series, please click on a date and read diaries by Sandy on Signal, JaxDem, SisTwo, Ekaterin, maggiejean, Wide Awake in KY, Chacounne, i dunno, Joy of Fishes, blue jersey mom, TrueBlueMajority, SpamNunn, TheFatLadySings, twilight falling, noweasels, raptavio, and me, CalNM, and learn about a few of these lives. To our supporters: please know how much your presence, witnessing and condolences mean this past year and always. To the team--a special THANK YOU for your constant and compassionate efforts. To the families and friends who may read this--we have not forgotten your loved one.

As is our tradition, we have chosen "We Remember Them," by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer, to help us reflect on these losses. Thank you for being here tonight to remember.

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Since 2001, 2300 U.S. troops have died while serving in Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2012, 4486 U.S. troops died while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember six soldiers killed in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan:

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Oklahoma
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona
Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, North Carolina
Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Georgia
Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Indiana
Spc. Terry K. D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Mississippi

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and all those who have died in these wars.

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My friend Christine Sherwood is already writing her second book. Congratulations!

Cancer was my catalyst for change. ~ Christine Sherwood

'Listening to Incense' is not another cancer memoir. This is my account of the mystery embedded in divinity and the connection we all share with it.

My second book is about the process of illness and recovery and all that I could ask about myself and my philosophical expedition into the meaning of suffering. It is a contemplation as well as a storytelling. The process of writing the book, and the book itself, is an investigation into the deeper lessons of life and death. Its about the courage and grace that lies hidden within us - unleashed only when the fierce master is breaking us open with all of his might. Its about what I discovered when applying the spiritual teachings that I've been given in my life. And its about loss and what comes to fill in that empty space.

I will address the fear-based language of cancer within these pages, and how I personally had to re-create this language to benefit my healing.

Please support Christine's new book about embracing the catalysts in our lives and the gifts they ignite. video and webpage: 'Listening to Incense' at Kickstarter
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Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:13 PM PDT

IGTNT: Two more lost to war

by CalNM


Since 2001, 2259 U.S. troops have died while serving in Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2012, 4486 U.S. troops died while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember two soldiers who lost their lives serving in Afghanistan:

Sgt. Stephen M. New, 29, of Bartlett, Tennessee
Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, California

Please take a moment below to remember them,
and all those who have lost their lives in these wars.

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Since 2001, 2251 U.S. troops have died while serving in Afghanistan, and from 2003 to 2012, 4486 U.S. troops died while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember a Marine and a Soldier who died serving in Afghanistan:

Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Arkansas
Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio

Tonight we also remember an Army Veteran who died six years after being wounded
while serving in Iraq:  Sgt. (Ret) Richard Allen Marshall, 37

Please take a moment below to remember them,
and all those who have lost their lives in these wars.

Please bear in mind that these diaries are read by friends and family of the service members chronicled here. May all of our remembrances be full of compassion rather than politics.
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Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:22 PM PDT

IGTNT: "We loved him."

by CalNM


Since 2001, 2247 U.S. troops have died while serving in Afghanistan, and from 2003 to 2012, 4486 U.S. troops died while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember a soldier who died supporting the war in Afghanistan:

1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, of Clearfield, Utah

We also remember an Iraq War Veteran who died after returning home:

Leonardo J. Lemos, Jr., 31, San Jose, California

Please take a moment below to remember them,
and all those who have lost their lives in these wars.

Please bear in mind that these diaries are read by friends and family of the service members chronicled here. May all of our remembrances be full of compassion rather than politics.
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