When I learned that
my nephew, Captain Jeff Francis, had been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, I
knew I had to do two things: help my sister and Jeff's family survive his loss
and--to deal with my own grief--finally understand why my nephew needed to become
a soldier. Everyone thought that Jeff, who had been a thirty-year-old Ph.D.
candidate in sociology, was immune to the family calling to military life. But
five days before 9/11, he enlisted. - author Melanie Murray