Posted by Kat on Mar 13, 2012
Serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
25, of Bedford, Texas died October 3, 2011 of combat related TBI/suicide cause. Assigned to FT LW, MO; 104th Ft Benning; Army Band/Chorus Vocalist Europe
KIM DIED OF LINGERING EFFECTS OF A TBI FROM A DIRECT IED HIT ON HER DRIVERS DOOR OF HER 52 WHEELED HEAVY TRANSPORT TRUCK OUTSIDE MOSUL, IRAQ IN 2007. WHILE IN THE BAND AND CHORUS (ELITE MEMBER SANG FOR THE LIKES OF THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND AND GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY…) WAS ALSO THE ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER.
Always in my Herat, baby girl. I have never before known the combination that love and pride gives me thus making the reasons behind my tears indistinguishable from grief…NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN !!! <3
I AM SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED IN YOUR SHORT BUT FULL LIFE !!
Purple Heart,(2)Army Commendation Medal,(2)Army Achievement Medal,Army Good Conduct Medal,National Defense Service Medal,Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star,Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,NCO Professional Dev.Ribbon,Army Service Ribbon,Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2,Combat Action Badge,Basic Marksmanship Qual. Badge Expert with a Rifle, Overseas Service Bar,2
Vocalist, Assistant Choreographer – UNITED STATES ARMY BAND AND CHORUS EUROPE
Kimberly I didn’t know you, but I feel as though I have met you because of your mom. No matter what, we are part of the same military family. RIP
You are constantly on my mind but today is even more so as two years ago 9/6, You went to the hospital and I was sad. This next month will almost be unbearable but as I speak to others and the message I give is we will remember and honor the way that you lived…. So with your anniversary coming up 10/3, it all will be hard BUT I will be honoring the way that you lived my sweet angel! My hero! You were hiding so much. PTSD, TBI, trying to shout out at the world that you were being bullied, and yet you received no help for fear of losing your job. I hope with education and awareness I can put a dent in that thought so that Soldiers can be treated without fear of losing their job or even more horrendously, their life.. I shall forever love you with every fiber of my being and I have been so proud of your courage and tenacity as a soldier, an angel, and who just happened to be my daughter!
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