{This blog is not affiliated with the VA. Though a Veteran, four yrs. all shore in Navy last year In-Country Vietnam, I don't work for the VA}
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The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!


Ask yourself: If the Veterans Administration is so corrupt and mismanaged, as the conservative ideology, under which the seeds of are planted when they control, wants everyone to buy into as they obstruct the budgets and do extremely little after they charge same, then why does the Private sector, many problems within rarely heard about, adopt so many practices and advanced technologies developed within the VA, for free?! The VA, DoD, and in partnership with Universities and Colleges, not just Health Care are constantly in R&D and that developed that works is quickly moved into the private, for profit, sector, even as the VA is long under funded, decades, and especially during and after our wars that the few are sent into!

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President Obama 26 August 2014

Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

Fact:
"We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

August 26, 2014 - Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC
Fact: "Unlike, P&G, VA may not be concerned about quarterly profit and loss statements or shareholder value, but it does have a bottom line—Veterans. "
{which is why No Government agency should be turned into a private corporate entity feeding for profit off the Countries duty and responsibility, especially the VA}
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Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars."
26 September 2014

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: "12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility
{two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Fact: 25 June 2014 U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Fact: How We Could Do More For Our Vets: "We need to go into debt to pay our debt to U.S. veterans to make sure they get the care and services we owe them."

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2013: "As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt." read more>>>


Under two previous Executive administrations and wars from, father and son. With son and conservative congresses leading the extremely quick abandoning of the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11:

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."


Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?


Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


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Honoring The Fallen Afghanistan 2005

PBS NewsHour Silent Honor Rolls




A silent tribute to U.S. soldiers killed while on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq


In Honor - In Memory



Afghanistan 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassPedro Antonio Munoz 47 Aguada, Puerto Rico, USA 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group Munoz, a Special Forces detatchment operations and intelligence sergeant, was fatally wounded by small arms fire while his unit was conducting an offensive operation in western Afghanistan on January 1, 2005. He died on January 2 during his medical evacuation from the scene in Shindand, Afghanistan.


Sgt.Jeremy Robert Wright 31 Shelbyville, Indiana, USA 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Killed when a roadside bomb detonated next to his Ground Mobility Vehicle in Asadabad, Afghanistan, on January 3, 2005


Cmdr.Bruno Vianini 41 La Spezia, Italy Interforces Command, Special Operations Forces, Italian Defense General Staff Died when a Kam Air Boeing 737-200 crashed while flying from Herat to Kabul in Afghanistan on February 3, 2005. Vianini was in Afghanistan to assist with an International Security Assistance Force provincial reconstruction team in Herat.


Spc.Richard Michael Crane 25 Independence, Missouri, USA Detachment 1, 325th Field Hospital, Army Reserve Died of non-combat related injuries in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on February 8, 2005


Cpl.Alan Karsanov Unavailable France 2e Régiment Etranger d'Infanterie, Légion Étrangère (2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment, French Foreign Legion) Killed in unknown circumstances in Afghanistan on February 11, 2005


Petty Officer 1st ClassAlec Frank Mazur 35 Vernon, New York, USA (Underwater Construction Team One (UCT-1), under operational control of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident while driving to Mombasa, Kenya, after completing an engineering assessment near Kenyan Naval Base Manda Bay, Kenya, on March 9, 2005


Staff Sgt.Shane Marion Koele 25 Wayne, Nebraska, USA 212th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade Died on March 16, 2005, at Shindand Airfield in western Afghanistan, from injuries sustained a day earlier when a land mine exploded near his Humvee in Shindand


Capt.Michael Todd Fiscus 36 Milford, Indiana, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana Army National Guard One of four soldiers killed when a land mine exploded beneath their vehicle while they were examining potential firing range sites for the Afghan military in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 26, 2005


Master Sgt.Michael Thomas Hiester 33 Bluffton, Indiana, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana Army National Guard One of four soldiers killed when a land mine exploded beneath their vehicle while they were examining potential firing range sites for the Afghan military in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 26, 2005


Spc.Norman Kyle Snyder 21 Carlisle, Indiana, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana Army National Guard One of four soldiers killed when a land mine exploded beneath their vehicle while they were examining potential firing range sites for the Afghan military in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 26, 2005


Sgt.Brett Michael Hershey 23 State College, Pennsylvania, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana Army National Guard One of four soldiers killed when a land mine exploded beneath their vehicle while they were examining potential firing range sites for the Afghan military in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 26, 2005


Spc.Pendelton Lidell Sykes II 25 Chesapeake, Virginia, USA Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Spc.Chrystal Gaye Stout 23 Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA Headquarters Company, 228th Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Sgt.Stephen Correll High 45 Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA Headquarters Company, 228th Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Master Sgt.Edwin Antonio Matos Colon 42 Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, None Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Cpl.Daniel Jason Freeman 20 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Maj.Edward John Murphy 36 Adams Run, South Carolina, USA Headquarters, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Maj.David Scott Connolly 37 Boston, Massachusetts, USA 1173rd Transportation Terminal Battalion, Army Reserve One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Chief Warrant OfficerClint Jeffrey Prather 32 Cheney, Washington, USA Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Cpl.Sascha Struble 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Spc.Michael Keith Spivey 21 Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Sgt. Maj.Barbaralien Banks 41 Harvey, Louisiana, USA Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Staff Sgt.Charles Ray Sanders Jr. 29 Charleston, Missouri, USA Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Sgt.James Shawn Lee 26 Mount Vernon, Indiana, USA Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 142, Marine Aircraft Group 42, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. As part of Operation Enduring Freedom he was attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, Marine Aircraft Group 42, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Killed along with 14 soldiers when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Staff Sgt.Romanes Lee Woodard 30 Hertford, North Carolina, USA Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Chief Warrant OfficerDavid Ayala 24 New York City, New York, USA Company F, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade One of 14 soldiers killed along with a U.S. Marine when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in bad weather near Ghazni, Afghanistan, as it was flying back to Bagram Air Base near Kabul on April 6, 2005


Pfc.Robert Charles White III 21 Camden, New Jersey, USA Headquarters Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Killed when his mounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire west of Kandahar, Afghanistan on September 26, 2005.


Spc.Robert William Defazio 21 West Babylon, New York, USA 23rd Ordnance Company, 101st Ordnance Battalion, 29th Support Group Died of non-combat related injuries in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on April 24, 2005


Sgt.Narcis Sonei 26 Romania 300th Infantry Battalion Killed when a Romanian armored personnel carrier struck a mine in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on April 24, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassAllen Cornelius Johnson 31 Los Molinos, California, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group Shot and killed when his unit was ambushed by enemy small-arms fire during a combat foot patrol northwest of Deh Rawod in Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province on April 26, 2005


Cpl.Richard Phillip Schoener 22 Hayes, Louisiana, USA Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force One of two Marines killed during a five-hour firefight with insurgents near the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on May 8, 2005


Lance Cpl.Nicholas Cain Kirven 21 Richmond, Virginia, USA Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force One of two Marines killed during a five-hour firefight with insurgents near the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on May 8, 2005


Pfc.Steven Charles Tucker 19 Grapevine, Texas, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee close to Shinkay, Afghanistan, on May 21, 2005


Spc.Kyle Matthew Hemauer 21 Manassas, Virginia, USA Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard Died of non-combat related injuries in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on May 23, 2005


Capt.Charles Daniel Robinson 29 Haddon Heights, New Jersey, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations near Orgun-e in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 3, 2005


Staff Sgt.Leroy Edward Alexander 27 Dale City, Virginia, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations near Orgun-e in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 3, 2005


Sgt.Michael Jason Kelley 26 Scituate, Massachusetts, USA Battery E, 101st Field Artillery Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard Killed when his helicopter landing zone came under enemy fire in Shkin, Afghanistan, on June 8, 2005


Cpl.Emmanuel Hernandez 22 Yauco, Puerto Rico, USA Battery D, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed when his helicopter landing zone came under enemy fire in Shkin, Afghanistan, on June 8, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassVictor Hugo Cervantes 27 Stockton, California, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group A weapons sergeant, Cervantes died of wounds sustained during combat operations while on patrol with Afghan security forces in Orgun-e, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 11, 2005


Staff Sgt.Christopher Neal Piper 43 Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group Died on June 16, 2005, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, from wounds sustained on June 3 when a roadside bomb detonated near his Ground Mobility Vehicle in Orgun-e, Paktika province, Afghanistan


Maj.Duane William Dively 43 Rancho California, California, USA 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Died when his U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft crashed while returning to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates after completing a mission over Afghanistan on June 22, 2005


Lance Cpl.Kevin Boyd Joyce 19 Ganado, Arizona, USA Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Died after a roadway alongside the Pech River collapsed and his Humvee slid into the river during combat operations west of Asadabad in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassAndreas Heine 37 Bad Oeynhausen, Germany Panzergrenadierbataillon 332 (332nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion), assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Konduz One of two German soldiers killed when ordnance being prepared for demolition accidentally exploded near an airfield in Rustaq, Afghanistan, on June 26, 2005


Staff Sgt.Christian Schlotterhose 26 Germany Panzergrenadierbataillon 332 (332nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion), assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Konduz One of two German soldiers killed when ordnance being prepared for demolition accidentally exploded near an airfield in Rustaq, Afghanistan, on June 26, 2005


Petty Officer 2nd ClassDanny P. Dietz 25 Littleton, Colorado, USA SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two, Naval Special Warfare Group Four Dietz was part of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team that called for help during a firefight with Taliban fighters in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005. His remains were found during a combat search and rescue operation on July 4, 2005. Two other team members were killed but a third survived. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second-highest military honor for valor.


Chief Warrant OfficerCorey James Goodnature 35 Watertown, South Dakota, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Petty Officer 1st ClassJeffery Alan Lucas 33 Corbett, Oregon, USA SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassMichael Lynn Russell 31 Stafford, Virginia, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a U.S. reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005


Petty Officer 2nd ClassShane Eric Patton 22 Boulder City, Nevada, USA SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005


Master Sgt.James Williams Ponder III 36 Franklin, Tennessee, USA Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Petty Officer 1st ClassJeffrey Scott Taylor 30 Midway, West Virginia, USA SEAL Team Ten, Naval Special Warfare Group Two One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005


Maj.Stephen Charles Reich 34 Savannah, Georgia, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a U.S. reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Senior Chief Petty OfficerDaniel Richard Healy 36 Exeter, New Hampshire, USA SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005


Sgt.Kip Allen Jacoby 21 Pompano Beach, Florida, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad in Kunar province, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Chief Petty OfficerJacques Jules Fontan 36 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Petty Officer 2nd ClassMatthew Gene Axelson 29 San Diego, California, USA SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three Axelson was part of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team that called for help during a firefight with Taliban fighters in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005. His remains were found during a combat search and rescue operation on July 10, 2005. Two other team members were killed but a third survived. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second-highest military honor for valor.


Lt. Cmdr.Erik Samsel Kristensen 33 San Diego, California, USA SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Lt.Michael Martin McGreevy Jr. 30 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005


Chief Warrant OfficerChris Jon Scherkenbach 40 Jacksonville, Florida, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassMarcus Vinicio Muralles 33 Shelbyville, Indiana, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005


Lt.Michael Patrick Murphy 29 Patchogue, New York, USA SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three Murphy was the leader of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team who called for help during a firefight with Taliban fighters in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005. His remains were found during a combat search and rescue operation on July 4, 2005. Two other team members were killed but a third survived. Murphy's deliberate exposure to enemy fire to call for help led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor.


Petty Officer 2nd ClassJames Erik Suh 28 Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Naval Special Warfare Group Three One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province on June 28, 2005


Staff Sgt.Shamus Otto Goare 29 Danville, Ohio, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005


Sgt.Jason T. Palmerton 25 Auburn, Nebraska, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed when he came under enemy small arms fire during a dismounted patrol in Qal'eh-Ye Gaz, Afghanistan, on July 23, 2005


Staff Sgt.Michael Wayne Schafer 25 Spring Hill, Florida, USA Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed when he was shot by enemy forces while on a quick-reaction force mission in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, on July 25, 2005


Gunnery Sgt.Theodore Clark Jr. 31 Emporia, Virginia, USA 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force Killed when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb during combat operations near near Orgun-e in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on August 4, 2005


Pfc.Damian James Garza 19 Odessa, Texas, USA Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment One of two soldiers who died after their Humvee slid into the Kunar River northeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border on August 4, 2005


Pvt. Enlisted Grade 2John McKenzie Henderson Jr. 21 Columbus, Georgia, USA Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment One of two soldiers who died after their Humvee slid into the Kunar River northeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border on August 4, 2005


Lance Cpl.Boris Nowitzki Unavailable Germany Panzerartillerielehrbataillon 345 (345th Artillery Training Battalion) Died when his Wolf all-terrain vehicle struck deep ruts in the road and overturned about six miles (nine km) southeast of the Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2005


Staff Sgt.Christopher Matthew Falkel 22 Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed when his unit was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations in Deh Afghan in Cakyan Ghar Valley, Zabul province, Afghanistan, on August 8, 2005. Falkel was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest military decoration for valor, for manning his .50 caliber machine gun through five firefights over 30 hours before his death.


Spc.Christopher M Katzenberger 25 St. Louis, Missouri, USA 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Died on August 9, 2005, in Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained earlier that day when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during convoy operations in Ghazni, Afghanistan


Capt.Jeremy Alan Chandler 30 Richmond Hill, Tennessee, USA 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Died of non-hostile injuries while he was conducting training operations at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, on August 11, 2005


Sgt.Edward Ralph Heselton 23 Easley, South Carolina, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 391st Engineer Battalion, 415th Chemical Brigade, Army Reserve Killed when ordnance exploded near the vehicle he was driving as his unit performed a route clearing mission in Orgun-e, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on August 11, 2005


Pvt.Diego Gonzalez Blanco 27 Ourense, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Jose Moreno Enriquez 30 Alcala de Guadaira, Spain 4th Maneuver Helicopter Battalion, Spanish Army Helicopter Forces One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Isaac Calvo Pineiro 20 Ferrol, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Pedro San Marin de Viera 27 Pontevedra, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Lt.Javier Gonzalez Hernandez 26 Madrid, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Pedro Fajardo Cabeza 28 Alcala de Guadaira, Spain 4th Maneuver Helicopter Battalion, Spanish Army Helicopter Forces One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


1st Sgt.Juan Morales Parra 39 Mairena del Aljarafe, Spain 4th Maneuver Helicopter Battalion, Spanish Army Helicopter Forces One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Jose A Martinez-Parada 21 Ribeira, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Cpl.Daniel Abreu Fernandez 24 Vigo, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Pablo Iglesias Sanchez 22 Lugo, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Jesus Casal Rivera 26 Marin, Spain 3rd Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force One of four Marines killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Farah province, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2009


Sgt.Alfredo Francisco Jodar 29 Colmenar, Spain 4th Maneuver Helicopter Battalion, Spanish Army Helicopter Forces One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Gonzalo Caselderrey Nazara 20 Pontevedra, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Ivan Vazquez Nunez 20 Foz, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Pvt.Diego Prado Lopez 20 Vilalba, Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Capt.David G. Fernandez 29 Spain Isabel La Catolica Light Infantry Regiment, 29th Air Mobile Brigade One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


Sgt.Jose Gonzalez Bernardino 31 Oveido, Spain 4th Maneuver Helicopter Battalion, Spanish Army Helicopter Forces One of 17 soldiers killed when a Spanish Army Cougar AS532 helicopter crashed near Herat, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2005


1st Lt.Laura Margaret Walker 24 El Paso, Texas, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 864th Engineer Combat Battalion, 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated underneath their Humvee during ground assault convoy operations north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2005


Lance Cpl.Phillip Carson George 22 Houston, Texas, USA 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Killed by enemy small-arms fire during combat operations near Taleban, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2005


Sgt.Robert Gene Davis 23 Jackson, Missouri, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 864th Engineer Combat Battalion, 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated underneath their Humvee during ground assault convoy operations north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2005


Pfc.Christopher Lloyd Palmer 22 Sacramento, California, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during patrol operations south of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2005


Spc.Blake Wade Hall 20 East Prairie, Missouri, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during patrol operations south of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2005


1st Lt.Joshua Michael Hyland 31 Missoula, Montana, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during patrol operations south of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2005


Spc.Michael Robert Lehmiller 23 Anderson, South Carolina, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during patrol operations south of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2005


Staff Sgt.Damion Garland Campbell 23 Baltimore, Maryland, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during a combat patrol near the Khayr Kot district of Paktika province Afghanistan, on August 26, 2005


1st Lt.Derek Steven Hines 25 Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA Company B, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire during security operations south of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 1, 2005


Lance Cpl.Ryan John Nass 21 Franklin, Wisconsin, USA Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Died of a non-hostile gunshot wound at Camp Blessing, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on September 3, 2005


Cpl.Cedric Crupel 28 Chambéry, France 2e Compagnie, 1er Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine, Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre (Company 2, 1st Naval Infantry Paratrooper Regiment, Army Special Forces Brigade) Killed when a remote-controlled land mine was detonated near his vehicle during a patrol by French soldiers near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2005


Chief Warrant OfficerJohn Michael Flynn 36 Sparks, Nevada, USA Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, Nevada Army National Guard One of five soldiers killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed southwest of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 25, 2005.


Sgt.Kenneth Grant Ross 24 Peoria, Arizona, USA Company B, 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment One of five soldiers killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed southwest of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 25, 2005.


Staff Sgt.Tane Travis Baum 30 Pendleton, Oregon, USA Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard One of five soldiers killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed southwest of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 25, 2005.


Sgt.Patrick Dana Stewart 34 Fernley, Nevada, USA Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, Nevada Army National Guard One of five soldiers killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed southwest of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 25, 2005.


Warrant OfficerAdrian Bovee Stump 22 Pendleton, Oregon, USA Company D, 113th Aviation Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard One of five soldiers killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed southwest of Deh Chopan in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on September 25, 2005


Lance Cpl.Steven Armando Valdez 20 McRea, Arkansas, USA Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Died from enemy mortar fire at Camp Blessing, Afghanistan on September 26.


Staff Sgt.Robert Frank White 34 Cross Lanes, West Virginia, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Killed when his mounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire west of Kandahar, Afghanistan on September 26, 2005.


Sgt. 1st ClassJames John Stoddard Jr. 29 Crofton, Maryland, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Died when his vehicle accidentally rolled over in Gumbad, Afghanistan, on September 30, 2005


Staff Sgt.John Glen Doles 29 Claremore, Oklahoma, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed during patrol operations when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire in Shah Wali, Afghanistan, on September 30, 2005


Pfc.Benny Shantell Franklin 19 Hammond, Louisiana, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Died in Kandahar, Afghanistan of injuries sustained earlier in Helmand, Afghanistan, when he stepped on a landmine during patrol operations on October 7, 2005.


Staff Sgt.Troy Shane Ezernack 39 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Died of injuries sustained when his combat patrol was attacked by enemy forces using a grenade in Qalat, Afghanistan, on October 9, 2005


Cpl. Maj.Michele Sanflippo 34 Trabia, Italy 4° Reggimeno Genio (4th Engineer Regiment) Died of wounds received from an accidental gunshot in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 11, 2005


Cpl.Scott James Mullen 22 Tucson, Arizona, USA Company B, 5th Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group Died of a non-combat related accident in Makati City, Philippines, on October 13, 2005.


Petty Officer 3rd ClassFabricio Alexander Moreno 26 Brooklyn, New York, USA Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Died in a single-vehicle accident in Manda Bay, Kenya, on October 14, 2005


Pfc.Joseph Cruz 22 Whittier, California, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Died of non-combat related injuries sustained in an accident at Orgun-E, Afghanistan, on October 15, 2005.


Lance Cpl.Steven Sherwood 23 Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry Killed when his convoy was ambushed while traveling between military bases in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, on October 29, 2005


Staff Sgt.Travis Wayne Nixon 24 Parsons, Washington, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division Died of injuries sustained when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades north of Khost, Afghanistan, on October 29, 2005


Lt. Col.Armin Franz 44 Redwitz, Germany Feldersatzbataillon 901 (Field Replacement Battalion 901) Killed when a suicide car bomb exploded next to his Wolf armored vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 14, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassJames Scott Ochsner 36 Waukegan, Illinois, USA 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during a supply distribution mission to Afghan citizens near Orgun-e, Afghanistan, on November 15, 2005


1st Sgt.Joao Paul Roma Pereira 33 Alhos Vedros, Portugal Portuguese Army Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in the Baghrami district of Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 18, 2005


Petty Officer 3rd ClassEmory Jason Turpin 23 Dahlonega, Georgia, USA Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 Died when he drowned in the Seychelles on November 20, 2005


Cpl.Matthew Paul Steyart 21 Mount Shasta, California, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations in Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, on November 22, 2005


Pvt.Braun Scott Woodfield 24 Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Canada Company G, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Killed when his light armored vehicle rolled over in an accident near the village of Lagman about 28 miles (45 km) northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2005


Lt.Jesper Lindblom 28 Plunder, Sweden Särskilda Skyddsgruppen (Special Protection Group), Swedish Army Killed when a roadside bomb struck an International Security Assistance Force vehicle convoy outside Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan on November 25, 2005


Lt.Tomas Bergqvist 30 Arnäsvall, Sweden Särskilda Skyddsgruppen (Special Protection Group), Swedish Army Died on December 9, 2005, of injuries he received when a roadside bomb struck an International Security Assistance Force vehicle convoy outside Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan on November 25, 2005


Sgt. 1st ClassJohn David Morton 31 Stanton, Kentucky, USA 74th Infantry Detachment (Long Range Surveillance), 173rd Airborne Brigade Killed when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire in Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, on December 15, 2005


Pfc.Jason Daniel Hasenauer 21 Hilton, New York, USA Company D, 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Died when his Humvee accidentally rolled over during patrol operations near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 28, 2005


1st Sgt.Tobias Corbin Meister 30 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA 321st Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat patrol operations south of Asadabad, Afghanistan, on December 28, 2005