Thursday, October 13, 2011
'Proudly remembering, bravely moving forward'

Editor’s Note: We learned about Sgt. Jeffrey Reed’s story through Home and Away, an ongoing initiative to honor the men and women worldwide who died while serving in the wars of Iraq or Afghanistan. You can learn more about the project here.

 

Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander Reed was more than just a courageous, esteemed, fiercely loyal soldier of the United States Army—he was also a kind-hearted and thoughtful young man, which is what his older sister, Cynthia Reed, hopes he is remembered as.

 

In Iraq, Jeffery served as a military policeman, and during his second deployment he trained Iraqi police. He hoped to become a civilian officer after serving in the Army.

 

But on March 2, 2009, Jeffery was fatally wounded when a grenade struck his vehicle in Taji, Iraq. He was 23. Recently, his sister posted a Home and Away tribute to his Home and Away page. “I want people to know that his life was cut tragically short but that he never lived with any regrets and he was so proud to serve his country,” Cynthia wrote in her Home and Away tribute to her brother. During his time overseas, Reed was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal posthumously.

 

Jeffrey was one of those initially introverted people during a first encounter, but after getting to know him better, “he quickly opened up and was definitely the life of the party.” his sister said. “He was an incredibly fun person.”

 

Cynthia fondly remembers her brother as a “die-hard sports fan”. Before Jeffrey’s second deployment, their family traveled to Philadelphia to attend a Flyers game, his favorite sports team. “After the Flyers won, Jeff went down to the ice to high five some of the players. We always joked he pushed multiple children out of the way to get the opportunity.”

 

While in Iraq, he would play makeshift soccer games with Iraqi children by kicking cans and rocks around because they had no soccer balls. She recalls his requests of family members back home to send him soccer balls that he could pass out to the children so they could play a real game.

 

To honor Jeff’s memory and continue his passion for helping others, his family founded the Jeffrey A. Reed memorial fund, which focuses on supporting wounded warriors and veterans.

21 Comments
October 14, 2011
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THANK YOU SIR, YOUR SERVICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

October 14, 2011
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I am so sorry for your family's loss. Prayers and hugs to you all!  Thank you Sgt. Reed for putting your country before yourself.  I am forever grateful.

October 14, 2011
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You will always be in our prays, thank you for your service, we will never forget your dedication to our country.

October 14, 2011
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Your memory lives on brother

October 14, 2011
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May the beauty of your efforts last for generations in the kids you helped.

October 15, 2011
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many thanks for sure,  seemed like a great person, what a loss for us all.  Dude you will make a irreplaceable angel.  God has a good man now.

October 15, 2011
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This loss is on many levels. Thank you for sharing your stories of his kindness and devotion to country, allowing us to revel in his good. My consolences to friends, family, and the country.

October 15, 2011
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Lest We Forget

October 16, 2011
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We praise and thank God for wonerful Americans like this man.

October 16, 2011
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Sleep well little brother,

 

SSG Nick Stansberry

Military Police

October 16, 2011
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To the Reed family:  America grieves with you.  Your loss is ours because he was our son too. The most fitting tribute we could make would be for his memory to live on by leading the way he lead, helping the way he helped and living the way he lived:  courageously.

 

Peace.

October 16, 2011
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He sounds like he was a good man. I know he will not be forgotten.

October 16, 2011
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Thanks for your service and my deepest condolences for his family. May his work with the Iraqi children continue and he will be remembered by them

October 16, 2011
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To the family; In time, I will admit that I will not remember your sons name.  I did not know him, but at the same time, he is me.  I do not pretend to feel your loss, for I never could know what it is you are going through.  I do know one thing though; that every man and woman who serves this country with honor, in turn, honors your son through their actions.  In such, each and every soldier, Marine, Sailor and airmen who wears their nations colors with pride are your son, and we shall honor you each and every day.

 

Know that what he believed in lives on in all of us, and will until our nation is nothing more than a story in a history book.

October 17, 2011
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Thank you for your service Sgt. May you rest in peace knowing you protected this great nation. "To the family; when your son signed his name on his contract and made the oath to the United States he became part of a legacy and family made up of great men & women. He fallowed the steps a lot of great men and women have. to protect this country from enemies and for that we will forever thank him. his death will never be in vain.

October 17, 2011
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Sgt. Reed, thank you for your service, I am a retired Marine and I have nothing but respect for those who serve our country.  To the Reed family.  I can only offer my most sincere and heart felt  condolences.  I am sorry for your loss.

October 17, 2011
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RIP, Brother. Your place will be forever etched the our hearts. Next morning formation I will salute the Flag, and I will do so in honor of you, my fallen comrade in arms. Thank you for your sacrifice...but most importantly, thank you for your shining example as a soldier and humanitarian, sharing yourself with others and doing what you could to make the world a better place, even if it was just a simple can kick and smile at a time.

October 17, 2011
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He will never be forgotten...at least not by me.  I was one of the medics in the hospital in Balad, Iraq the day your brother came in.  Our motto at the 332nd EMDG was "Bustin ours to Save Yours".  Everyone did everything possible for him.  From the Army medics that got him to the hospital to the surgeons, technicians, and support staff that tried to save him, to the technicians that performed the Fallen Warrior Ceremony to honor him.  We all felt the loss.  I still do.

October 18, 2011
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It is an honor for us to know about him, men that give all not only for his country but for us,America is great because of them.

I know how is to loose a brother that is also a friend,my not only condolences to his sister and family,but my thanks.

October 21, 2011
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It is sad that humans who are born to love end up kiling one another. The sadness and the trauma is heartbreaking.

October 21, 2011
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He was my battle buddy in Basic Training and a damn good friend. I miss him dearly.....words cannot express or dull the pain and heartache I feel everyday.....

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