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Aug 8, 2011 12:09 AM by Chris Welty

Military Families Reflect on Lives Lost

Sunday in Acadiana, military families reflected on lives lost in Afghanistan.

Everyday thousands of troops are constantly training to protect us and our country from any potential threats. In Breaux Bridge, the Louisiana National Guard was doing just that, learning more about decontamination and hazmat situations.

"Obviously dirty bombs and stuff like that they call us up and we go handle it. Just like over here if something were to happen, it can happen the same way over seas," said Specialist Jared Rivett with the Louisiana National Guard.

Many members of the guard have served tours in Iraq, and while they are out training, the horrific crash that killed 30 Americans in Afghanistan isn't far from their mind.

"Any serviceman strives to be that caliber, and to hear that it breaks your heart, really," said Rivett.

"Being deployed twice, on my first deployment I lost two friends of mine, so I definitely know it hurts. My prayers go out to their families and the soldiers that lost their lives. True American heros that they were doing their duty that was called upon them and to have a life lost is really heartfelt," said Staff SGT. Eric Broussard with the Louisiana National Guard.

Throughout those trying times, our servicemen and women say they're committed to serving their country all while honoring those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"From time to time it gets a little rough but when you sign those papers, you know what you are doing and what you are getting yourself into, so regardless of the situation, you just got to keep driving on," said Rivett.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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