Always My Hero: The Road to Hope & Healing Following My Brother's Death in Afghanistan

Always My Hero: The Road to Hope & Healing Following My Brother's Death in Afghanistan

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Her world came crashing down when she got the call saying her brother had been killed. Major Samuel Griffith was one of the most beloved and humble Marine Corps Officers to serve his country. Fiercely dedicated to becoming an F-18 aviator, he embodied perseverance and grit. He led his men with wisdom beyond his years and loved making everyone laugh. Sam was truly living the dream.

One tragic day, Sam was killed in action, leaving behind a now “Gold Starred” wife, children, parents and sister–Renee. Renee quickly realized as a new Gold Star sister, that siblings are often the “forgotten mourners,” and had to fight through PTSD with virtually no support or community. As a result, Renee felt compelled to share her honest, raw and at times gut-wrenching account of what it was like losing a sibling to war in hopes of helping others like her connect and work through their own grief.

Always My Hero will have you laughing one moment and moved to tears the next. Get to know Sam and the amazing Marine he was through the eyes of his sister and fellow servicemen and discover how to exchange sorrow for strength so you can crawl out of the trenches of despair and finally find…hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947279698
Publisher: Renee Nickell
Publication date: 06/14/2019
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 405,838
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Renee Nickell, a Gold Star Sibling, penned her first non-fiction memoir Always My Hero after her beloved brother, a Marine Corps Officer, was killed in action. She is a devoted military wife, mother of four, and supporter of military service members and families, especially Gold Star families. Renee's mission is to inspire others who have experienced loss of a family member to overcome the pain and trials and find hope and healing.

Table of Contents


Foreword 13

Introduction 17

Chapter 1 Our Childhood 25

Chapter 2 Journey to the Marines 51

Chapter 3 Wings Were Made to Fly 67

Chapter 4 Hanging Up His Flight Suit 87

Chapter 5 Assignment Afghanistan 101

Chapter 6 Operation Enduring Freedom 115

Chapter 7 The Immediate Aftermath 127

Chapter 8 Year One 151

Chapter 9 The Hard Stuff 159

Chapter 10 The Overlooked Grief 175

Chapter 11 Where I Go, There You Are 191

Chapter 12 Journey to Healing 207

Chapter 13 Moving Forward 229

Chapter 14 Called to Write 251

Resources 283

About the Author 285

Works Citied 287

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