Afghanistan: They‘re fighting our war all alone
Stephen Tuttle 11/9/09
Kristopher D. Rodgers.
Does that name ring a bell? No? Thats a shame.
Staff Sergeant Kristopher D. Rodgers, 29, of Sturgis, was killed in Afghanistan on August 16, 2008, when a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) detonated and destroyed his Humvee. He left behind a family, including his wife Selina and his then 3 1?2 year-old son, Kaden. Staff Sergeant Rodgers was the last Michigan resident killed in the conflicts in the Middle East at the time this column was written. It is unlikely he will be the last.
Its not especially surprising we dont remember those who have died in our name in Iraq or Afghanistan. As the local death toll rises Michigan now accounts for 155 of our war dead and more than 1,000 of our wounded we become less and less connected to the men and women we send to a part of the world most of us couldnt find on a map.