The adventures of an Air Force spouse

Too Young to Die

For the second time in two months, I learned of the death of a friend’s son. Anthony, 18, died in a car accident. Travis, 24, died unexpectedly in his sleep. The cause of his death is still unknown. What a tragedy both these young lives ended so quickly.

Anthony was moving to Michigan from Alaska with his family after his graduation from high school and his father’s retirement from the Air Force. He and his sister were driving in a car in front of their parents when the accident happened. His sister was driving and lost control of the vehicle, over-corrected and flipped the vehicle — in front of their parents’ eyes. Anthony’s sister was hospitalized with minor injuries. They were within a couple of hours of their destination after driving all the way from Alaska.

Travis, the father of a beautiful two-year-old daughter, served in the military himself before settling in Michigan near his parents. His father, too, retired from the Air Force. Travis spent a tour in Iraq, which no doubt affected him profoundly.

Both of these young men had their whole lives ahead of them, as did many of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These deaths hit me hard because I knew both of them personally and I am friends with their parents. Please, the next time you read of a military member’s death in the current conflicts, remember they are someone’s child and they too had a long life ahead of them,and chose to spend it serving others honorably. Say a little prayer for them, their families and friends.

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