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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:01 PM
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Soldier in Afghanistan committed suicide amid call to Fort Irwin
August 03. 2006 7:52PM

Soldier in Afghanistan committed suicide amid call to Fort Irwin

By BETSY BLANEY
Associated Press Writer


Army Spc. Andrew Velez, the second of two brothers to die during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, committed suicide, his family and military officials said Thursday.

Velez, 22, died last month in Afghanistan, a little more than a year after his older brother, Cpl. Jose "Freddy" Velez, 23, was killed in Iraq. They are the first brothers to die in the two conflicts, the military said.

A memorial service for Andrew Velez was planned for Thursday evening. A military document, confirmed by the family, says Velez shot himself with a mini-machine gun on July 25.

Velez had apparently been talking on the telephone in a base office near the barracks before killing himself. The document says the phone was found off the hook, with the last call made to Fort Irwin, Calif. Velez was assigned to the Corps Support Battalion, Theater Support Command at Fort Irwin. Soldiers often contact family members by routing calls through their U.S. bases.

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Roy Velez said the suicide makes his son's death more difficult to accept "because Andrew was not a person who would be capable of doing something like that at all without being pushed to that limit," he said.

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http://www.dailycomet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20...

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:03 PM
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1. my condolences to his family and friends.
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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:03 PM
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2. That poor family
There are just no words for that
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:03 PM
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3. K&R
:cry:
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:07 PM
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4. Oh no.
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skylarmae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:14 PM
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5. Wow! so sad..condolences to Velez family n/t
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gumby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:18 PM
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6. How horribly, horribly tragic.
My condolences to the family and friends of Army Spc. Andrew Velez.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:24 PM
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7. so damn sad..and such a waste of a young man's life..! my heart
aches for his family..when will we stop this carnage??

so so sad..

fly
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:26 PM
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8. If I'm not mistaken, I saw this father interviewed on either cnn or msnbc
It was one of the few interviews with the family 'of the fallen' who did not spout pro-war bs. Of course, neither did the interview reveal any other feelings about the war or administration, and it made no mention that the second son's death was being called a suicide.

Heartbreaking.

My condolences to the family. :cry:
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 12:33 AM
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12. I saw that ,too-that dad's sorrow made Me cry..
I wish some msm would focus on these boys...sending them back again and again..keeping them beyond their date...with families at home...it f*cks with your head,people.I know-it f*cked with my son's head.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:48 AM
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14. Check out Dad's comments in this article.
Its not easy to sleep, he said. But Im proud of my sons. I miss them, but it was to defend their country, their God. They volunteered to go.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14176043 /

If that's not pro-war religious extremist bullshit, what is?
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:28 PM
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9. RIP, Soldiers.
The senseless tragedy and ugliness of war that neocon chickenhawks will never understand.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:04 PM
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10. This makes this story that much sadder, and I didn't think it
could get any worse.
Thoughts and prayers to the Velez family.

:cry:
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 12:20 AM
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11. I can feel the despair in the air in this country. I so grieve for them.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:45 AM
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13. Dad says his sons died defending "their country, their God"
Edited on Fri Aug-04-06 07:46 AM by lebkuchen
Interestingly, that's what the Muslims are doing. I wonder whose god and which country will win at the end of this nightmare.


Its not easy to sleep, he said. But Im proud of my sons. I miss them, but it was to defend their country, their God. They volunteered to go.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14176043/
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