San Juan mother travels to Dover AFB to identify her son TMs remains

Officer Jose Luis Montenegro

Yellow ribbons adorned the family home of Army Warrant Officer Jose Luis Montenegro, the San Juan soldier killed in action Wednesday in Afghanistan.

The family was notified Thursday, and at Friday afternoon Montenegro TMs mother flew out to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Montenegro's mother appointed Commander Ricardo Pea, with America's Last Patrol, as the family's spokesperson.

"It TMs really sad, it really is, he said. This was his third tour there and he was going to get out in a week. He had one week left to get out."

"We visited with the family this morning, they're taking it extra hard, of course it was her only son," he added.

While in Dover, Montenegro TMs mother will identify his remains and will be briefed on how her son was killed.

She will also learn when she can expect to bring her son TMs body back to the Valley.

"We need to show support and help these people in their time of need," Commander Jose Maria Vasquez said.

He urged the entire community, not just veterans, to rally behind the family, especially with the tough days ahead as they prepare to welcome him home one last time.

Montenegro TMs mother is expected to return sometime Saturday.

His father passed away some time back, but he also leaves behind a sister.

America's Last Patrol will also organize a flag raising ceremony for the family, but the date and time are pending his arrival.