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.