Let the memory of Jarod be with us forever
  • 22 years old
  • Born on October 13, 1987 .
  • Passed away on October 27, 2009 .

Army Spc Stanker was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. He died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an IED. Jared graduated in 2006 from Brother Rice High School in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and joined the Army on October 12, 2006, while his mom was out of town. He was on his first deployment and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Just three weeks before his death, Jared spoke with his mom, Susan, for the first time since his July deployment to Afghanistan. He told her they needed help over there; that there weren't enough troops. 

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