Matthew Proctor watched his best friend die on Afghan soil. In the same moment, a father also lost his son. In a strange way, the loss of sons, daughters, and best friends have forged a new kind of family, reports Michael Phillips.
This. Times a thousand, plus one, and please don’t ever forget: “War sunders some relationships and forges others. More than 6,500 Americans have died in Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving gaping holes in families across the nation. Out of duty or kindness, guilt or need, the troops who survived often step forward to fill the voids their buddies left.”