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Texas family loses both sons to war

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member


    LUBBOCK, Texas - Less than two years ago, Roy Velez got the worst news a father could get: His oldest son was dead, killed during combat in Iraq.
    This week, his pain only deepened with news that his youngest son had died in Afganistan.
    Military officials notified the Velez family Tuesday of the death of Army Spc. Andrew Velez, 22. His brother, Army Cpl. Jose A. Velez, 23, died in November 2004 in Fallujah when his unit came under fire while clearing an enemy stronghold.
    "I can't be angry. I feel like my heart's been pulled out," Roy Velez said Tuesday. "We've done what the Lord allowed us to do for our country."
    The family lost its only sons; there is one daughter.
    The military does not have a regulation prohibiting the deployment of family members at the same time. But families can request that relatives return home if one is killed or disabled.
    After his brother's death, the military gave Andrew Velez the option of not returning to combat, Roy Velez said. But Andrew Velez told his father he wanted to return to fight, his father said.
    "You always do it for your buddy next to you," Roy Velez recalled his younger son saying.
    Roy Velez last talked to Andrew Velez on the phone Saturday. His son told him he'd had "six close calls" as they tracked <FORM class=yqin action=http://yq.search.yahoo.com/search method=post><INPUT type=hidden value='"Osama bin Laden"' name=p> <INPUT type=hidden value=c1,i,yn,c3 name=sourceOrder> <INPUT type=hidden value='[FONT=arial,sans-serif]Osama bin Laden[/FONT]
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    He was scheduled to return for 10 days of leave during the last week of August. "He said, 'Daddy, I'll see you in August,'" Roy Velez said.
    Andrew Velez joined the Army about five years ago. He graduated in 2002 from Estacado High School in Lubbock. During his school years, he wrestled, played football and basketball and ran track. He also loved playing golf.
    His older brother, Jose, joined the Army after graduating from the same high school in 2000 and hoped to attend medical school one day. He played football and was an honor student.
    After his death, Jose Velez was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and a Silver Star. But burglars stole them all from his parents' home in June.
    On Monday, the medals were replaced, thanks to the assistance of U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (news, bio, voting record), Roy Velez said. "And today at 12:30 I learned my other son was killed in action," he said.
    Andrew Velez's survivors include his wife, Veronica Velez; a daughter, Jasmine Jade, 5; and two sons, Jordan Davis, 3, and Jacob Andrew, 2.
  2. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    First off, it is always a sad day when any of our Soldiers are killed. My thoughts go out to all who have lost someone and to this family as well. Maybe one day soon these terrorists will have their back broken and they will remain grounded never to arise again.

    Secondly, they had the desire to go and they stuck to their guns and that is what they did. For that the father should be very proud that they are now in the company of some of the finest Americans who also gave all to insure that tyranny and terror aren't an acceptable disease across the world.

    Thirdly, the SOBs that stole those medals should be tracked down and punished severely. Most likely some crackheads looking for anything to pawn so they can get another fix. They should be caught easily because those are not common medals enough medals that someone will forget having someone walk in with them.
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    God bless them.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    What he said. Here are some Hispanics we can be proud to have in the USA.[freedom]
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