On Wednesday, Army Spc. Kurt Kern TMs family released a statement describing him as a positive man loved by everyone, and while the family mourns behind closed doors, America TMs Last Patrol is working to ensure the family TMs journey after losing their soldier is as smooth as it can be.
It TMs bad to lose your life far away from your family, said Hector Mercado, a member of America TMs Last Patrol. Mercado served during the Vietnam era.
When I first got out, I didn TMt want anything to do with the military, but after 9-11, I started getting involved.
He works with America TMs Last Patrol visiting families that have recently lost a fallen soldier.
I did lose some friends, and I TMm really feeling bad for these families that have lost loved ones over there, said Mercado.
A graduate of McAllen Memorial High, Kurt Kern was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan on Tuesday along with two other soldiers.
He died from his injuries.
His family was notified later that same day.
The brother and sister are up there now identifying the body, said Commander Ricardo Pena.
Pena said Kurt TMs remains are in Pennsylvania.
As soon as they let them know that it TMs the body, they will figure out when they will ship the body back, and then we will have a get together with them about the flag raising ceremony that we usually have, said Pena.
It TMs a difficult task for the family, but once his remains are identified, Spc. Kern will return home to the Rio Grande Valley one last time.
Funeral services are pending the arrival of the remains.