Ivan Castro’s life was forever changed when a mortar landed near him in Iraq on Sept. 2, 2006. Two of the men in his unit were killed, and Castro was gravely injured. The attack left him blind, facing a long road to recovery.
Steve Newsom and his wife, Lynn, spent five years as co-directors of Quaker House. As a young man growing up in New Jersey, Steve thought he might spend his entire adult career in the military, joining the Navy in 1972.
Mary Ellen Shugart served two tours as an Army nurse in Vietnam during the 1960s and early ‘70s. She treated hundreds of soldiers, but the memory of one young man at Fort Bragg stayed with her through the years.
On Aug. 15, 1945, Bill Reid and 5,000 other GIs packed into a hangar near Naples to see a show starring the iconic singing trio the Andrews Sisters. The show was interrupted by someone carrying a note.
Laura Monk decided a memorial tattoo would be the best way to honor the memory of her husband, Austin. For veteran Lewis Hunt, one of his tattoos honors the dead, but also celebrates those still living.