The Early Years
Reed Blankenship grew up in a small town in Alabama with his younger brother, Jack. From a young age, Reed was always protective of his brother, who had a learning disability. Reed would often help Jack with his homework and defend him against bullies at school.
Despite their differences, the two brothers were inseparable. They shared a love for hunting and fishing, and would spend hours in the woods together.
Joining the Military
After graduating from high school, Reed decided to join the military. He felt a strong sense of duty to serve his country and protect his fellow Americans.
Jack was devastated when his brother left for basic training. He had never been away from Reed for more than a few days, and the thought of him being in danger was too much to bear.
The Ultimate Sacrifice
Reed was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, and served as a combat medic.
On July 17, 2011, Reed was on a mission to rescue wounded soldiers when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). He was killed instantly.
The news of Reed’s death was devastating for his family and friends. But no one felt the loss more deeply than Jack, who had lost his closest confidant and protector.
A Legacy of Love
Reed’s death was a tragedy, but it also inspired others to serve their country and honor his memory.
After his death, his family established the Reed Blankenship Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for students who want to pursue careers in the military or healthcare. The fund has helped countless young people achieve their dreams and make a difference in the world.
Jack also decided to honor his brother’s memory by volunteering at a local veterans’ hospital. He knew that Reed would have wanted him to continue helping those in need, and he found solace in knowing that he was carrying on his brother’s legacy of love and sacrifice.
The story of Reed Blankenship and his brother Jack is a testament to the power of love and sacrifice. Reed gave his life to protect his fellow soldiers, and his memory continues to inspire others to serve their country and make a difference in the world.
His brother Jack, who has been through so much, has found a way to honor Reed’s memory and make a difference in his own way. Together, they are a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope and love.