My name is Melissa Jarboe, Im the widow of SSG Jamie Jarboe, who was shot in the Zhari District of Afghanistan on April 10, 2011. We were able to spend 11 more months in seven different hospitals as husband & wife, he endured 120 surgeries & surgical procedures, he died 19 times before he took his final breath on March 21, 2012, one of his final wishes was simple.. "Take care of my soldiers" he whispered a few days before he died.
Iwo Jima flag raiser John Bradley with John Wayne during the filming of Wayne’s classic war film, "The Sands of Iwo Jima." Bradley, along with Ira Hayes and Rene Gagnon, played himself. Bradley, a medic and civilian mortician, struggled with PTSD his entire adult life and rarely talked about the war after the film was released. This suffering veteran, directly linked to our country’s greatest war actors, symbolizes the void between Hollywood and the sad realities of war.