This is just a lil spot where people can take a minute to meet my brother and learn of his gift to us. Jason always wanted to be a Army since we were kids. This was his dream and his life, and he did it better than anyone I know. He truly was the definition of a Army. Jason was 23 when he was killed off a 40 man Baghdad, Iraq. He saved the life of his staff sergeant as well as the rest of his team. He promised them before they left he would take care of his team, and every one of them except Jason came home. He kept his promise with his life his kids and his loving girlfriend Stacie Hover who he was going to ask to married him. He was the first family to go war and die in combat while serving there. My brother was a big man not just in his physical appearance, although he was 6"1 200 when he left for Iraq last year! He had a gentle spirit and all of his men will tell you that they felt safe when he was around. That was shown in their nick name "Chewie." His life was short but meaningful. I pray now with my new career choice that I can honor him in helping his Marine brothers that come and go from war. Since Jason left this earth he continues to be remembered. There was a base in Iraq named after him, FOB PAYNE. Jason was also chosen by one of the Arlington artist to portray in the exhibit that is being shown right now to honor those who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. My family and are extremely proud and thankful that someone would honor him in this way. He certainly deserves it! After Jason will be sorely missed by not just his family but his fellow Army Brothers. He was a man among men! Please remember that as my brother put it best, "Freedom isn't Free." And thank you to those who put there lives in harms way so that we may be safe! You are angels!
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