A San Antonio soldier was killed in Afghanistan. Nineteen years old, PFC John Andrade was killed by an IED. See San Antonio Express-News report. He apparently survived the explosion and even called home. He told his family that he was fine except for bumps and bruises. A few days later, the family was notified that he had died. The Defense Department has not yet released details concerning the death. PFC Andrade graduated from Holmes High School.
I have mentioned before the remarkable bravery of our young men and women who continue to volunteer in a time of war. IED’s can be insidious. The concussive effects are tremendous, even when soldiers survive the blast itself.