Gold star mother Annette Kirk has spent the last 11 years healing after her son Paul was killed in Afghanistan. But with the fall of Afghanistan’s capital within days, Kirk says, that old grief flooded back.
“It brought back that raw emotion, it was opening all of those old wounds,” she continued. “And a lot of the healing I’ve gone through over the last 11 years, it’s just wide open again.”
Paul was just 23 when the Stryker Infantry Carrier he was traveling in hit a 250-pound IED. There had been a call regarding suspicious activity, so his team had to turn around, and Kirk says that’s when they ran over the explosive. She says he was the only casualty from the IED, and she was told, sadly, there was nothing anyone could have done to have saved his life. The young man’s bright future was cut short overseas in a war that Kirk says needed to end, but not like this.
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