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A Veteran Tries To Create A Lifetime Of Memories With His Dying Son
A little over a decade ago, Army medic Bill Kohler had a hard time adjusting when he came back from serving in Iraq. Then his son Ayden was born.
“My whole world changed,” Kohler told the York Daily Record. “He saved my life.”
And now it’s his turn to give Ayden the best life he can, in a very short amount of time.
In August 2016, nine-year-old Ayden collapsed while running a lap at football practice. Doctors first thought it was a concussion, but then he began to lose motor skills and cognitive abilities, and Kohler got the worst news a parent can get: His son has cancer.
Called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, Ayden has two tumors: One in his cerebellum and the other his brain stem, and he was given only eight to 12 months to live.
“We’re trying to cram a lifetime into a few months is what we’re trying to do,” Kohler said.
So Ayden made a bucket list, and his dad is helping him cross off the items. Among items like hunting, seeing a WWE match, and watching a Wizards game, his list also includes a special if not heartbreaking request.
“If I am very sick and may die I wish to be: in the woods,” it reads.
Ayden loves being outdoors, Kohler said. Between basketball, football, wrestling, and hunting, he added that before the tumors, Ayden was rarely not outside, and he wants to be with his son whenever and wherever he can, for as long as they have together.
A U.S. Air Force combat controller will receive the nation's third highest award for valor this week for playing an essential role in two intense firefight missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan last year.
Tech. Sgt. Cody Smith, an airman with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing at Air Force Special Operations Command, will receive the Silver Star at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico on Nov. 22, the service announced Monday.
SARASOTA, Fla. — With data continuing to roll in that underscores the health benefits of cannabis, two Florida legislators aren't waiting for clarity in the national policy debates and are sponsoring bills designed to give medical marijuana cards to military veterans free of charge.
Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.
The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
Fifteen years after the U.S. military toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Army's massive two-volume study of the Iraq War closed with a sobering assessment of the campaign's outcome: With nearly 3,500 U.S. service members killed in action and trillions of dollars spent, "an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor.
Thanks to roughly 700 pages of newly-publicized secret Iranian intelligence cables, we now have a good idea as to why.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.