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    Posted August 24, 2011 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Home and Away: Remembering the fallen

    Proudly Remembering, Bravely Moving Forward


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     CLReed remembers her younger brother, Jeffrey, as 'an incredibly fun and kind person. He just loved enjoying life.'

    When in Iraq, Jeffrey 'used to kick cans around with the Iraqi children because they had no soccer balls but they LOVED soccer. Jeff asked us...to send over soccer balls for the kids, which he passed out during his time there.'

    Cynthia says it's important to remember our fallen troops because 'they made the ultimate sacrifice. Every single one of them was someone's child, spouse, friend, loved one. They were willing to leave everything behind to fight for the freedom of millions of people they never even knew. It's so important to remember their sacrifice so that we don't take out freedom for granted.'
    - jne2013, CNN iReport producer

    Jeffrey was my baby brother. He was the most wonderful, compassionate and funny person I was lucky enough to know. The grief journey that my family and I have been on has been difficult but also uplifting. We are continually amazed by the kindness of people and those that never have forgotten Jeff's service. We have recently founded the Jeffrey A Reed Memorial Fund in hopes of continuing on Jeff's spirit of service and helping others. Please visit www.jeffreedmemorial.org to read about Jeff and the organization found in his memory.

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