Rachel Richardson’s husband Jonathan was killed in action on March 9, 2010, in Afghanistan. Because he was a soldier with the 101st Airborne Division, she still gets invited every year to the unit’s ball.
“They are like my family,” she wrote of the men who serve with the unit now.
This year, instead of going alone, she posted a heartfelt Facebook video, and asked Army Ranger-turned-veteran-celebrity Mat Best if he would attend the unit’s ball as her date on August 5.
A GoFundMe campaign was even set up to fly him out to the ball. And after seeing Rachel’s emotional video, Best replied with his own video response.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.