Coping with the death of a loved one is always difficult; coping with the death of a loved one in a war brings with it many more challenges. Stories of the Fallen is a project that seeks to honor the young men and women being lost to us in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Stories of the Fallen project connects Gold Star families with technology-oriented youth in order to allow us to create a DVD story of our loved one. Several Valley families have already created a DVD of their "hero"; these stories may be viewed at www.stories-of-service.org.
We hope to bring together other Gold Star families during the coming months to assist them in telling the stories of their loved ones. Those who are interested or would like more information may contact either Susan Lusk, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559)859-2865; or Brandon Wright, at email@example.com or (559)355-7740.
Susan F. Lusk
(The writer is the "proud Gold Star mom" of Capt. Joe F. Lusk II, a helicopter pilot who died in Kuwait on Jan. 21, 2005.)