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Episode Info: In this episode, I asked a few of my brother’s friends and family members to share stories about him to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of his death in Afghanistan. Links & Resources Episode 14: Wes Black Transcript Scott DeLuzio: 00:00:03 Thanks for tuning in to the Drive On Podcast, where we talk about issues affecting Veterans after they get out of the military. Before we get started, I’d like to ask a favor if you haven’t done so already, please rate and review the show on Apple podcasts. If you’ve already done that, thank you. These ratings help the show get discovered so it can reach a wider audience. And while you’re there, click the subscribe button so that you get notified of new episodes. As soon as they come out, if you don’t use Apple podcasts, you can visit to find other ways of subscribing, including our email list. I’m your host, Scott DeLuzio. And now let’s get on with the show. Over the weekend, on August 22nd, our family observed the 10th anniversary of my brother, Steven’s passing. For those listeners who might not be familiar with his story and how he died… Scott DeLuzio: 00:00:54 My brother and I were both deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. On August 22, 2010, his unit was out on a patrol and they began receiving enemy fire, and Steve was killed pretty much as soon as the fighting had started. There is obviously a lot more to that story, and one of Steven’s friends, Wes Black, talked more about that day back in Episode 14. So, if you’re interested in hearing the story of the events that went on that day, please go back, and give it a listen. That was a really good episode. Anyway, I thought I would do something different to honor my brother in this episode. I’m a firm believer that a person will continue to live on in our memories so long as their story is told by the people who knew them best. So, I asked some of Steve’s friends and family to record a few short stories about him. Scott DeLuzio: 00:01:49 Now, if you’re wondering why you might want to hear these stories, the stories serve two purposes. First and foremost, I wanted to share these stories for Steve’s friends and family. It offers them an opportunity to hear some of the stories that they may not have heard before or to reminisce on some familiar stories that will bring a smile to their faces. And second, for any listeners who didn’t know my brother or our family, it gives you an insight into a Soldier’s life. It makes at least one Soldier’s death, just a little bit more personal to you. That way, when you hear about a service member who was killed in the line of duty, you don’t dismiss it as just another news story. You take a moment to listen to the story and think about the Soldier, the Marine, the Airmen, the Sailor, the Coast Guardsmen, who was killed and think about them as a real person. Think about them as someone’s child or sibling or spouse, aunt, or uncle, e...
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