“My visit to The Wall in Washington, DC in 2008 was bittersweet. I had 23 names to locate. They were buddies from my LRRP/Ranger unit that were KIA while I was in-country. [My wife] Sandy and I were able to sit on the ground in front of each grouping of names and talk about what happened. Seeing the names grouped together brought back memories of each mission in vivid detail. I began to weep and had a hard time getting my emotions under control. My heart ached for those guys and their families.
“The original intent of the trip was to see the awesomeness of The Wall and try to find some closure for myself. It actually helped me realize I could no longer ‘keep the lid on my box of stuff’ and that I needed professional help.”
– Dennis McLaughlin
View the video “In Memory of 23 Who Gave All”