My heart is heavy and my spirit is humbled as I write these words. Since July 28, 2013 there is not a day that goes by that Stephen is not a part of my memory. His dedication to duty and commitment to his mission truly marked him as a man of discipline and courage.
Stephen made such a positive impact on his brothers in arms. He was not only respected but more importantly he was loved by the peace warriors he served with.
My son Eric was wounded that day and rode the chopper out with Stephen. Eric told me that Stephen was his mentor and friend.
May god bless you all. I will keep Stephen's memory alive always.