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Father Who Joined After Sniper Killed Son Deploys to Iraq

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Father Who Joined After Sniper Killed Son Deploys to Iraq
In a few days, Francisco Martinez will land in Iraq. When Martinez steps off the airplane, he will be in the country that took his only son, a 20-year-old skateboarder and budding graphic artist whose loss is felt every single day of his father's life. Joining the Air Force Reserve, after a 17-year break in his military service, was Martinez’s way of making sense of and coping with his son's death, a way to remember him by being around young men his age serving their nation.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't know that the gov't is "letting" a grief stricken man join for his own personal vendetta. I hope they aren't. We'll all know in time.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
The fact that the military is letting a man use a combat situation as his own personal vendetta is barbaric to say the least. You don't let a grief stricken man go into combat where he may not have the ability to make rational decisions. They might be putting him and the lives of the men he works with in danger. This just shows how desperate they are for recruits. Rambo was just a movie.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I hope the best for this man. I do however hope that they've done a psych evaluation on him.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
I respect Mr. Martinez's decision AS everyone deals with loss in their own way. In addition, if he felt this is what he needed to do, no one has the right in my opinion to tell you how you should deal with grief. I hope he returns home safely to his family.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
What a sad story!
jessie jessie 8 years
this dude has some gonads...good for him for honoring his son this way.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I hope the military is watching this man closely. I have a feeling he's going to go mental when he gets into a combat situation. I hope I'm wrong, but...
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad.
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