After nearly nine years of war, the soldiers are marching home. But for parents whose children have returned from Iraq as fallen heroes, heartbreak endures, along with haunting assessments of the war, its cost and its legacy.
"I always envisioned my son coming home and sharing his experiences with us," said John Wroblewski of Oak Ridge, whose 25-year-old son, Marine Lt. John Thomas Wroblewski – "J.T." – was killed in Ramadi in 2004. "It's great that our guys are coming home. …. Those families will be happy and rightfully so," he added, a catch in his voice.
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