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Our Fallen Contractors

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 31, 2010

An Arlington National Cemetery caisson carries the body of retired Air Force Col. Michael W. Butler, who was killed while working as a private contractor in Iraq. (2007 Photo By Charles Dharapak — Associated Press)

We’ve had the honor of spending time this weekend thinking about each of the fallen contractors whose names we’ve been able to compile on Our Fallen Contractors memorial at American Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Please keep them in your thoughts as well as the many unnamed and uncounted Contractor Casualties who gave it all.

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The Unknown Casualties

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 30, 2010

By David Isenberg at  Huffington Post

At the risk of belaboring the obvious we should remember that being a private military or security contractor can be a dangerous job. You can be wounded or killed, even if you are not carrying a gun.

As private contractor casualties are not reported by the Defense Department and merit just the briefest of notices in local hometown newspapers such casualties are largely off the radar screen for most people.

But the numbers are hardly trivial. Consider the latest version of a report on the Defense Base Act (DBA), put out by the Congressional Research Service. The DBA essentially requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.

As the U.S. military has increased operations in Iraq, the size of the DBA program has grown. Between September 2001 and the end of December 2009, the DBA has processed 55,988 cases of covered injuries or deaths. Of these, 27,820 or 49.7% involved no lost work time on the part of the employee. During this period, the DBA has processed 1,987 cases involving the death of a covered employee.

Of these, 1,459 or 73.4% occurred in Iraq and 289 or 14.5% occurred in Afghanistan. Of the 289 deaths in Afghanistan, 100 occurred during the final six months of 2009. Contractor operations in Iraq and Afghanistan account for 87.9% of all covered contractor deaths during this period. Nearly $200 million in cash and medical benefits were paid to DBA claimants in 2008.

During this same period, there were 4,248 American military deaths in Iraq and 848 American military deaths in Afghanistan. So contractor fatalities were 38 percent of regular military forces

Note that many of the casualties were among people who did not do security work. Just over 40% of all injury and death cases covered by the DBA during this period involved employees working for Service Employers International Inc., an indirect subsidiary of KBR. Service Employers International Inc. was the employer of record for 22,921 total cases including 107 death cases between September 2001 and the end of December 2009.

Prior to the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (which, by the way, will be renamed Operation New Dawn. effective September 1) in 2003, DBA benefits were paid to several hundred claimants per year. OIF was accompanied by an increase in the number of DBA cases and the total amount spent on DBA claims. The DBA caseload increased more than six-fold between 2004 and 2007, with 2007 having the largest caseload of the entire period. The average amount of compensation and medical benefits paid per claim in 2007, however, was at the lowest level since 2003. The number of DBA payments dropped in 2008, but the average benefits per case rose to the 2006 level.

The Department of Labor reports that the increase in cases in 2007 was due, in part, to greater compliance efforts that resulted in firms reporting a greater number of claims that involved only minor medical care and no lost work time.

For detail scroll down the CRS report to page four to see Table 2 “Total Defense Base Act Payments, 1997 to 2008” and Table 3 “Total Defense Base Act Cases, by Severity of Injury September 1, 2001 through December 31, 2009.”

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Defense Base Act Settlement Annuity Your Choice

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 27, 2010

Christopher Atkin  Agent

By T Lee Marshall

-During a mediation meeting I agreed to a partial settlement in the form of an annuity.  I was given the choice to cash out or the annuity.  I chose the annuity to receive a dependable income month after month, i.e., x number of dollars every month that I could work with.
-My Attorney assured me Ringler Associates were a good company,  “They really know what the are doing,” said Nalick.   And if this was a way to finally get AIG out of my life I was all for it.
-It took three months of inquiry to get a copy of the contract.   Opening the letter was like the shock of being asleep and suddenly falling off a cliff.  I did not own the annuity, AIG did and did so for the rest of my life.
-AIG did not inform me, or my lawyer, they would hold the annuity.
Rather they allowed our misconception that “the good company who really knew what they were doing” held the annuity.  Ringler Associates  failed to “clear the air” as admitted later in an email.

AIG continues to make money off our blood.
-Upon returning home I started a search for a reputable company; a company that would not terminate my medical claim once my doctor ordered a spinal MRI.

A company who would not terminate me for missing appointments they canceled.

A company who would not terminate me for noncompliance of a doctor ordered therapy regime, that he canceled.

AIG sent my medical records to the DOL  District Director Karen Staats  who reviewed those records and concluded AIG had no basis for terminating my benefits.
Ms. Staats ordered a full retroactive reinstatement.  Both were refused by AIG.
-After five months of denied medical care, denied financial assistance and still on crutches, we were near bankruptcy.

Each of AIG’s acts, according to federal law, is a felony. Solis knows it and does nothing.
Judge Romero, for instance, signed off on my settlement agreement and thought no more of the felonies than he did of ordering his lunch.

I did not want AIG hanging around my neck like an Albatross.
-I sought out this Man from Prudential, Christopher Atkins, to give our war-injured a choice in mediation and relief from the AIG plague.

After all their mistreatment, would you want to give them a thirty year contract extension? If I would have known, I would have walked out and never looked back.


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Leishmaniasis: A Family Affair

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 27, 2010

A Deadly Danger To Every Troop Serving In Or Near Iraq;
It Can Kill You, It Can Kill Your Wife, It Can Kill Your Kids:
And The V.A. Tries To Cover It Up

August 07, 2006 Paul Egan, The Detroit News [Excerpts]

Nobody can say U.S. Army veteran Arvid Brown’s Gulf War illness is all in his head.

Brown’s late wife, Janyce, caught leishmaniasis — a sometimes deadly parasitic disease borne by sand flies that can attack the body’s cells and internal organs — a malady he brought home from Operation Desert Storm. So did the Swartz Creek couple’s two young children.

Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled the federal government and the Department of Veterans Affairs can be sued for alleged failure to diagnose Brown’s illness and for any injuries he and his family suffered.

Veterans’ groups are hailing the decision as a victory for families of tens of thousands of veterans of not only the first Gulf War, in which Brown served, but subsequent Mideast conflicts.

“This is a huge case,” said Joyce Riley, spokeswoman for the American Gulf War Veterans Association in Versailles, Mo. “This gives a lot of veterans a lot of hope.”

When Brown, now 48, returned from the Gulf War in 1991, he couldn’t understand why his once-vigorous health was deteriorating. His head, muscles and bones ached, his strength was sapped; he was constantly exhausted but could not sleep.

Doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could not pinpoint an ailment.

They denied him disability benefits in 1995, and Brown said they prescribed painkillers and mood-altering drugs that made things worse.

It was Brown’s wife, Janyce, who had the research skills and persistence eventually to find a doctor who in 1998 diagnosed Brown with leishmaniasis.

By then, Janyce, too, had contracted the disease and both the couple’s children had been born with it and other ailments, according to medical reports filed in the case from Dr. Gregory Forstall, then-director of infectious diseases at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, now in private practice.

The government has not disputed the medical reports.

Janyce Brown developed a series of ailments and last year died at age 43 of a rare and inoperable form of liver cancer. Though no definite link was established between her leishmaniasis and other diseases, Arvid Brown said his wife was healthy before they met.

Janyce Brown in 2004 brought a $125 million lawsuit against the government, but a federal judge in Detroit ruled the family couldn’t sue for injuries a soldier suffered while on active duty.

Late last month, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati partially overturned O’Meara’s decision, saying the government is not liable for injuries suffered while Brown was on active duty but it can be sued for what happened once he returned to Michigan. The government may appeal, officials said.

“They should not be allowed to just use us up and throw us away,” said Brown, now alone and raising two disabled children, ages 9 and 10, on his disability income. “Somebody has got to be accountable.”

Mark Zeller, 42, a Gulf War veteran in Dahlonega, Ga., said he is about to bring a lawsuit against the government and believes the decision in Brown’s case will strengthen his legal position.

“I can’t do anything and I have to sleep all the time,” said Zeller, who has been diagnosed by Veterans Affairs doctors with chronic fatigue syndrome but says his wife and five children also constantly suffer from flulike symptoms.

Leishmaniasis is little-known in North America but common in southwest Asia and many other parts of the world. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12 million people in the tropics and subtropics have the disease. One form produces skin lesions.

The more severe and deadly form, which Brown has, attacks blood cells and the body’s internal organs. Like malaria, it is a chronic disease that can be controlled but not cured.

[And guess what. Lots of troops in Iraq get the skin lesions. And the military doctors give them a little cream to make it go away. And they do NOT tell the troops that the parasite the causes the skin lesions can still be alive and well insider your body, hibernating, and then breaking loose to infect and destroy your internal organs.

Dr. Katherine Murray Leisure is a former Department of Veterans Affairs doctor now in private practice in Lebanon, Pa., specializing in infectious diseases. She said leishmaniasis if often difficult to diagnose and could be an underlying factor in half or more of the thousands of cases of veterans commonly referred to as suffering from “Gulf War syndrome.”

Bedouins and others who live in the desert clothe their entire bodies for good reasons, Murray Leisure said. But, when U.S. forces go to the desert to fight, “we try to pretend we’re at the Jersey shore.”

No reliable numbers are available on how many family members believe they have been infected.

But Riley, a registered nurse and former U.S. Air Force captain, said she believes tens of thousands of veterans’ relatives have suffered.

“I think this is the Titanic,” said Robert P. Walsh, Brown’s Battle Creek attorney. “All these guys saw was the tip of the iceberg.”

Arvid Brown, who grew up in southwest Detroit, spent about six months overseas during Desert Storm, helping to build, maintain and operate a prisoner of war camp near Hafr Al-Batin in northeastern Saudi Arabia, about 25 miles from the Iraqi border.

Brown remembers the sand flies, the camel spiders and the bug repellent. He remembers meeting soldiers in the desert who wore dogs’ flea collars around their necks, wrists and ankles and thinking how unhealthy that seemed.

The muscle aches, bone pains, headaches and rashes began while he was in Saudi Arabia, but “it was easy to attribute it to heat and everything I was doing,” Brown recalled.

Solving the mystery would take seven years as Brown’s condition worsened through periods of disorientation, blackouts, extreme light sensitivity and almost unbearable pain. By 1998, when he was finally diagnosed, Brown had lost his job, been forced to give up driving and said he awoke early most mornings from a fitful sleep, vomiting blood.

Veterans Affairs doctors, who according to court records examined Brown on Sept. 13, 1994, but did not detect the disease, said he was suffering anxiety attacks and prescribed pills, Brown said. The department did not grant him benefits until 1998 and only this year recognized his diagnosis of leishmaniasis.

Brown wed Janyce Surface in September 1994 as his health continued to spiral downward. He lost his job and they struggled to pay bills.

Children arrived: Asa, now 10, in 1995, and his sister, Helen, now 9, in 1997. Both were born with severe handicaps and later tested positive for leishmaniasis. Helen is still unable to speak.

It was Janyce Brown who got her husband an appointment with Forstall, who diagnosed Arvid Brown with leishmaniasis in October 1998. Chemotherapy put the disease into remission, though Brown continues to struggle with his health today.

By 2000, Janyce Brown and both children had also tested positive for leishmaniasis. As Janyce struggled to care for her husband and look after two young children with cerebral palsy, her own health rapidly deteriorated. She died at home of cancer.

“She was an extremely intelligent individual, someone with the will and the nerves of steel and the tenaciousness of the meanest bulldog you had ever come across,” Brown said.

“She was fighting for her husband, the man she loved … and her children … She will always be my biggest hero.”

Editors note:  The Browns have Leishmaniasis Viscerotropica which was formerly considered to a cutaneous species but has evolved into a milder visceral species.  It takes longer to kill you.  It may or may not produce skin lesions.

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Internal Army study of deployments and suicide a ‘political hot potato’

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 26, 2010

‘More vigorous’ statistical analysis erases previously identified association between combat units and suicide risk, but suicides are increasingly linked to PTSD

By Bryant Furlow at  epiNews

May 26, 2010 — U.S. Army officials have steadfastly denied any association between deployment histories and suicide risk among soldiers. That may be why an internal Army study by the obscure Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Program (BSHOP), reportedly showing just such an association, was described as a “political hot potato” in a March 2010 briefing paper obtained by epiNewswire.

A version of the BSHOP study completed the following month reported that “more vigorous” but unspecified statistical analyses had erased a previous finding linking combat unit service and suicide risk.

The briefing document describes a meeting between the Surgeon General of the Army, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General Peter W. Chiarelli, who is in charge of the Army’s suicide prevention efforts,and officials working on the $50 million federal “Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members” (STARRS), an Army and National
Institutes of Mental Health study of suicide epidemiology.

A BSHOP analysis of suicide risk found an association between suicides and deployments, the briefing states. Chiarelli described that association as a “political hot potato,” according to the briefing.

Chiarelli and other Army officials have repeatedly downplayed suggestions of any connection between deployments and suicide.

“As I look across all the factors, from the number of deployments individual brigade combat teams have gone through to everything else, I cannot find a causal link that links anything,” Chiarelli was quoted as saying in a Nov. 17, 2009 Christian Science Monitor story.  Please Read the Full Story here

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Internal Army study cites more suicides than reported to public

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 26, 2010

By Bryant Furlow at  epiNews

May 26, 2010 — The U.S. Army’s publicly disclosed soldier suicide counts for 2008 and 2009, the highest on  record, are lower than those reported in a new internal Army study obtained by epiNewswire.

The disparity is modest. The internal study, completed last month, lists a total of 311 soldier suicides for 2008 and 2009.  As of April 2010, the Army’s publicly disclosed suicide count for those two years totaled 300.

It is unclear whether the discrepancy is due to inaccurately low public disclosures or inaccurately high numbers in the internal study.

Because of the time sometimes required to confirm suicide determinations, estimated suicide rates for a given month can climb over a period of several months. But that does not appear to explain the disparity between the numbers reported to the public and those listed in the internal study.

The study reports 166 soldier suicides for 2009, for example — six more than the 160 Army officials reported to the Congress and journalists in April 2010, the same month the study was completed.

Army suicide data released to the public May 13 included “updated numbers for 2009” totaling 163 suicides, reflecting three newly confirmed suicides. Two of those deaths had been initially declared accidental, according to an Army press release.

But the revised 2009 figure released this month was still lower than the 166 cases cited in the Army’s internal study.

“I think it’s reasonable for the numbers to change over time as new evidence is considered,” Maj. Remington Nevin, M.D., told epiNewswire.  “The larger point is that it is certainly possible  that our official suicide numbers reflect only a proportion of the true burden of suicide, and that many “accidental” deaths may actually reflect intentional death.”

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Military Disease Surveillance, Leishmaniasis at Epinews

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 26, 2010

US Army reports fewer cases of leishmaniasis, but a complex threat persists

Rates of a disfiguring infection seem to be plummeting among soldiers in Iraq. But much of that decline is due to a failure to report new cases—and civilian doctors could miss a life-threatening form of the disease among returning vets and contractors

Returning soldiers and contractors who harbor infections could go undiagnosed by civilian doctors unfamiliar with leishmaniasis

‘It will be difficult to estimate the true number of infected soldiers’

Global Distribution of Leishmaniasis

by Bryant Furlow

June 3, 2007—The US Army has received markedly fewer reports of soldiers with leishmaniasis in Iraq and Afghanistan since a major outbreak in 2003, according to a report by the Army Medical Surveillance Activity (AMSA) office. But medical experts caution that much of the change may actually be due to incomplete case reporting rather than fewer infections.

Known as the “Baghdad boil” among troops, leishmaniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite spread by biting sand flies. It is usually a disfiguring, nonlethal skin disease, but sometimes spreads to the spleen and liver, causing a life-threatening visceral disease known as kala-azar or black fever.

According to the AMSA report, at least 1,300 soldiers have been diagnosed with “clinically significant” cases of leishmaniasis since deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq. Other reports put the number at 2,500. Many more are infected but have not developed skin lesions. Mercifully few have developed visceral leishmaniasis. Army sources are vague about the number of visceral cases, but agree that it is “very low.” No soldiers have died of the disease, according to Jaime Cavazos, an Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) spokesman.

Ninety-six percent of soldiers affected are male, according to the AMSA report, and 90 percent were infected in Iraq. The number of civilian contractors with leishmaniasis is unknown.

Medical intelligence warnings ignored
In October 2002, well prior to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Defense Intelligence Agency’s Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC) warned that leishmaniasis would be a danger for troops. However,military sources say that insect repellant and bed nets were frequently in short supply, and that many unit commanders failed to emphasize the risk to their troops.

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Fluor contractor dies in Afghanistan attack

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 26, 2010

A Fluor Corp. employee from North Carolina was killed in a May 19 attack on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The contractor was the sole fatality, but several service members were wounded, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.The name of the contractor wasn’t released because of Fluor policy, said Keith Stephens, company spokesman. The casualty was Fluor’s first due to hostile action, he said.

Stephens said the contractor “was in an area of the base that was the focus of the attack


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Study links weak immune systems, PTSD

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 25, 2010

By Kelly Kennedy –    Navy Times
Posted : Thursday May 20, 2010 13:54:13 EDT

A study shows that there may be a reason that those with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder deal with more physical health issues as they age: Their immune system has been compromised.

The study is yet more evidence to support the idea that people with PTSD go through chemical changes after a psychological injury.

Lead author Monica Uddin, a researcher with the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and her colleagues began with the theory that the increase in physical health issues — such as heart disease — in those with PTSD may come from immune system problems.  Read the full story here

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Leishmaniasis: Fun Facts

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 25, 2010

Leishmaniasis is a blood borne parasite in all of it’s forms

It is not known why some forms visceralize and some normally do not

Leishmaniasis can remain dormant in a healthy person for up to twenty years

Leishmaniasis can live in stored blood for up to thirty days

Leishmaniasis is normally transmitted by the bite of an infected female sandfly

Leishmaniasis is also transmittable sexually, congenitally, and by blood transfusion or sharing needles.

There is NO Sterile cure for leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis has been at epidemic levels in various parts of Afghanistan and Iraq for the duration of the wars

There is a one year ban on blood donations from persons having been to Iraq or Afghanistan

Leishmaniasis is a very variable bug and there is still much we do not know about it

Cutaneous species are showing signs of visceralizing

More on Leishmaniasis here

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Texas Tech Biologist Trying to Discover Cure for Devastating Insect-Borne Illness

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 24, 2010

Kai Zhang has made it his mission to cure Leishmania, the second-leading parasitic killer.

They’re about a third of the size of a mosquito, but the sandfly’s bite can pack a miserable, if not lethal, punch.

It’s not that the sandfly itself is poisonous. But the parasitic Leishmania protozoa in its saliva can cause anything from itchy skin irritation or disfiguring ulcers that take months to heal to a painful attack on the body’s organs that could eventually lead to death.

Deadly Protozoa

But one Texas Tech researcher is dedicating his career to finding the chink in the armor of these protozoa, which, in its most virulent form, is the second-leading parasitic killer after Malaria.

Kai Zhang, an assistant professor of biology, has studied the protozoa since 2000. He recently received a Recovery Act award of $136,000 from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study certain infection-causing lipid molecules in Leishmania in the hopes of diffusing them and rendering the organism harmless.

“You can find sandflies mostly in the Middle East, Africa, some parts of South and Central America – mainly tropical and sub-tropical areas,” Zhang said. “It’s kind of a blood-sucking insect. It can transmit the infective organism into humans or animals. Humans are just one of Leishmania’s hosts, and we’re probably accidental hosts. The natural hosts in the world are rodents and canines.”  Read the full story here

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Leishmaniasis from Iraq and Afghanistan a Hazard, but not a War Hazard

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 22, 2010

There will be no “Defense of Freedom Medal” for being infected with the Leishmaniasis parasite.

Leishmaniasis is a one celled parasite normally contracted via the bite of a female sandfly.

These sandflys and the parasite they carry are endemic to many countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Locals and visitors to these endemic areas are always at risk of contracting Leishmaniasis if precautions are not taken to keep from being bitten.

Leishmaniasis is no more a War Hazard than Malaria or any of the regular work place accidents that occur while working overseas yet are not reimbursable under the War Hazards Act.

So unless the female sandflys have taken up arms and joined Al Qaeda and the Taliban, which would require a complete reversal regarding their views on women…..

The War Hazards Tribunal up in Ohio needs to beware the DBA Insurance Company attempts to paint them as insurgents.

This is the first in our series of reports on Leishmaniasis which most of you who worked in the War Zones were exposed to.

Statistically, it is likely that many of you carry this parasite unawares………

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Contractor Killed in Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan Bryan Keith Farr

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 21, 2010

Contractor Bryan Keith Farr shot and killed in Afghanistan

Details forthcoming.

He was 22 yrs. old and went to work there because of the lack of employment here in the US. I’m deeply saddend for not just all of us that loved him but for everyone!! I spoke with him alot while he was there just as recently as 1 week ago. He called to tell me he would be home soon and he better see me !! He will be missed greatly

WE LOVE U Bryan Farr R.I.P.

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Department of Labor and The Carrier/Employer Collaborate Again

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 21, 2010

Signal/NAWE Maritime Conference June 3-4  2010   Chicago

Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd. and National Association of Waterfront Employers

Representatives from the Department of Labor will join long-time practitioners in spirited discussions on how to create innovative opportunities to improve current practices and procedures

Acting Chief Judge Stephen Purcell,

Retired Judge John Vittone, and

Janice Ulan; U.S. Department of Labor, Benefits Review Board

The Longshore Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act  and The Defense Base Act Administrative System is adversarial enough without high ranking DoL Officials spending taxpayer money to attend a conference designed purely to help the insurance companies and their attorney’s to create even more

“Innovative Opportunities to improve current practices and procedures”

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Man Killed By Roadside Afghanistan Bomb

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 20, 2010

Son Followed In Dad’s Military Footsteps

Adam Spain     Video Here

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — A man who grew up on a farm in Williamson County was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

“They said ‘Adam,’ and it just broke my heart,” said Adam Spain’s father, George Spain.  Spain said his 44-year-old son was known as a gentle giant.

“Most people take a sip of life,” said Trina Flynn, Adam’s sister.   “Adam got the whole vat, and he drank it in.”  Adam played football and graduated from David Lipscomb.

His dad said Adam knew from an early age that he wanted to serve in the military.”  He was 17 when the Russians invaded Afghanistan,” said Spain.  Adam’s son, Shane, followed in his father’s footsteps, and the two are difficult to tell apart in photographs.

Lynch Spain said his brother’s death feels like universal pain.  “This is one family experiencing what many have since 9/11 and, unfortunately, more will,” he said.

It hasn’t been a year since Adam’s mother, Jacqueline Spain, died from cancer.   In his mother’s last days, Adam would pick a flower from her garden and place them in a vase beside her bed.  “By the time she died, the whole windowsill was filled,” said Flynn.

Now, as Adam’s wife, Angie, and others come together to say good-bye, it’s the memories this family said they will treasure the most. Original Story here

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