SSgt Joe Weiglein was killed in Iraq yesterday. While we didn't personally know Joe, we are good friends with his parents, Mike and Ellen. Mike and Ellen are special people; caring, compassionate, active in the church and the community, so I know Joe was a special man too. Just before he left for Iraq in January, Joe spoke to 250+ kids at his former elementary school. The children adopted him and his battalion. So you see, the impact is great.
We know the lives of Mike and Ellen Weiglein, as well as Joe's wife Jennifer, will never be the same. Our hearts ache for their loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.