Steve B., aka Steve42, lost his beloved daughter, Kayla, on 12/21/11, one of our brave Army soldiers in Afghanistan. Steve and I have remained good friends, and out of respect for his privacy and his family's, I asked his permission to post this on our forums, which he just gave to me.
He is with his family at an Army base. The Army has been treating him and his family like royalty, a wonderful thing that he completely was surprised about. It is a long process for the family right now and Kayla will not be returned to their hometown for burial at the military section of their cemetery for at least a week. Steve will let me know what the arrangements are when he knows.
Also, if you would like his address he has asked that you privately message that request to me and I will honor him and Kayla's family by providing that information for you.
Messages of condolences on here will be wonderful for Steve to read. I know he will be thrilled.
Please, though, as the media is knocking at their door in WA constantly and they are being bombarded with phone calls from friends and family...which they are dealing with as easily as can be expected, respect his privacy here as well.
Thank you and Merry Christmas to all of you!!!