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2 soldiers from JBLM’s hardest-hit battalion exemplify hope, healing

A pair of young Stryker Brigade lieutenants from Joint Base Lewis-McChord went to Afghanistan in 2009 for one of the war’s most violent Army deployments. It took five years for one man to seek the blessing he needed from the other.

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Hardest hit: Dan Boirum on the 1-17

For years after his 2009-10 deployment with the 1-17, Dan Boirum struggled with guilt because he turned away from his best friend, Dan Berchinski, when he was hit by a mine and lost both his legs. Both men have flourished since. Berchinski is finishing an MBA at Stanford and Boirum is working on an MBA at UW and is interning this summer with Columbia Bank in Seattle.

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Hardest hit: Lanaye Bergren on the 1-17's legacy

After five prior attempts, Sgt. James Roger Kirker committed suicide this year following a lengthy battle with PTSD. His fiancé, Lanaye Bergren, reflects on his deployment and their time together. Kirker served with JBLM's 1-17, the unit that suffered more fatal casualties in Afghanistan than any comparable Army force.

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