• December 10, 2016

Gold Star Stories: Profiles of Loss

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Leah Andrews, 19: Finding new ways to mourn her father, who died in Qatar  
Posted: April 22, 2015

Leah Andrews hit “play” on her phone as she sat on the floor of her North Carolina dorm room. She would let herself watch one video. Not like her first October 10 away from home, when she binged for hours on YouTube homecoming scenes: All those men in olive drab, just back from war, popping up in classrooms and at soccer practice; all those daughters screaming, throwing arms around their fathers, tears of elation.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Neither Cailee, 10, nor Greg Sutton, 9, remember their dad
Posted: April 15, 2015

Every year on March 24, Cailee and Greg Sutton celebrate. They have cake and make cards, typical birthday festivities.

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Andrew Gutierrez, 17: He wants a gift he can never have — his dad back
Posted: April 15, 2015

Andrew Gutierrez steeled himself for Christmas as soon as the stores started blaring carols in November.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Siblings remember the loss of their father
Posted: April 08, 2015

Alice Kirby has her dad’s smile. Her older brother, Marshal Wongjan, has his memories.

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Roy Wood, 17: Driven at military prep school to make Dad proud
Posted: April 08, 2015

Roy Wood rushed into the theater tucking in a shirt that was already pretty well tucked. Even on one of the few days when students at Georgia Military College were allowed to show up in something other than a starched white shirt, striped blue pants and cadet’s epaulets, the 17-year-old with the ramrod posture constantly checked his neatness.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Shoemaker freshman lost his dad at age 10
Posted: April 01, 2015

The last time Bradley Warner spent with his father was one of those perfect father-son weekends.

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Tiffany McKay-Mortimer, 34: Relearning everything after brain surgery
Posted: April 01, 2015

First, the neurosurgeon removed a portion of Tiffany McKay-Mortimer’s skull. Then he drilled away a small piece of bone behind her left eye to expose a potentially lethal aneurysm. Finally, he used a titanium clip to separate the aneurysm from her artery, depriving the dangerous bulge of any more blood.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Woman holds on to memories of her father
Posted: March 25, 2015

As a little girl at Fort Stewart, Ga., Tiffany Minosky can remember her dad waking her up early Saturday mornings to ride his motorcycle.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Avery and Alaya Alexander, 9: Fatherless from the start
Posted: March 25, 2015

The labor pains stretched on for 15 hours before the Alexander twins finally arrived on a muggy North Carolina morning.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Bryan Augustus focuses on facts, not ‘what ifs’
Posted: March 18, 2015

KILLEEN — Bryan Augustus has a scientific mind. At 10 years old, he contemplates a variety of subjects most people don’t tackle until adulthood — he prefers reading nonfiction military history books; he observes the role race plays in his elementary school’s social circles; he looks for fact-based truths and questions the seeing-without-believing-type faith needed to believe in God; and he wonders how soldiers downrange can sleep at night knowing the enemy could attack at any moment.

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15-year-old Lauren Gibbons a grief camp veteran
Posted: March 18, 2015

Lauren Gibbons already knew some of the girls at this sunny horse paddock in Virginia. She’d met Angelina at a previous Gold Star Teen Adventures camp in Florida. She’d hung out with Shaina at a Snowball Express camp in Texas. Gibbons may be new to horses, but she is an old hand at grief camps.

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Day 1: On the ground in South Korea with Ironhorse soldiers
Posted: February 25, 2016

After 20 hours of travel, by plane and bus, I finally made it to Camp Casey, South Korea with the remainder of Fort Hood’s 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers. For the next several days, I will be following the mission and daily lives of Ironhorse troopers as they begin a nine-month rotation in the land of the morning calm.

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Day 2 in South Korea: Snowflakes and readiness
Posted: February 25, 2016

Our second day in South Korea began early. But it was not as early as for some.

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