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This is a story of a sister's journey after her Marine brother was killed in combat in Afghanistan. Journey with Renee through her life with Major Samuel Griffith, his death, her grief as a Gold Star Sibling, and how she found hope.
 

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Foreword by Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (USA, Ret.)

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“So often we think about the Moms, Dads, Spouses, and Children left behind from those who have made that ultimate sacrifice. But, do we really think about those who can be thought of as the “forgotten mourners”, the Brothers and Sisters of those who made the last full measure of devotion? There is a bond between Siblings and when one is lost, it can have a very damaging effect of the surviving sibling who will forever be separated from their blood buddy, with whom they have shared countless memories.”

—Lt Col Allen B. West (Ret.)

“Sam is almost home. I need each of you to hear me. What is about to happen will be the worst day of your life.”

Renee Nickell’s tribute to her brother, Sam, a fallen Marine Corps Major, gives us a rare glimpse into the searing pain so many families have borne since the War on Terror began in 2001. With raw emotion, Renee shares unvarnished accounts of a family both torn and united by the loss of a beloved brother and son.
— Lynn Vincent, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A United States Marine Corps Elite Fighter Pilot was killed not in a aerial dogfight at 500 mph, but in action on the ground fighting in a Combat Mission.

Major Samuel Mark Griffith’s. ‘War Hero.’

The word ‘Hero’ is not too strong a word for Sam, but you’d never know Sam’s extraordinary story of a life beautifully lived had Renée Nickell, Sam’s loving Sister not gone through the gut wrenching task of lovingly writing the book you now hold in your hand.

This is a compelling real life story.

The real extraordinary life of USMC Major Samuel M. Griffith. Marine. War Hero. Son. Brother. Friend.
— Rev. Dr. Shawn Michael Greener, "The Ninja Pastor", National Speaker, and Author
From the publisher: Renee Nickell's brother, Major Samuel Griffith of the United States Marine Corps, was an F-18 aviator before transitioning to a Forward Air Controller, deploying to Afghanistan with the 4th ANGLICO. Sam tragically lost his life in combat on December 14, 2011.

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Major Samuel Griffith, USMC, KIA 12/14/11 OEF. Renee’s beloved big brother

Major Samuel Griffith, USMC, KIA 12/14/11 OEF. Renee’s beloved big brother

 

Renee Nickell’s brother, Major Samuel Griffith of the United States Marine Corps, was an F-18 aviator before transitioning to a Forward Air Controller, deploying to Afghanistan with the 4th ANGLICO. Sam tragically lost his life in combat on December 14, 2011.

Sam was just two years older than Renee and his death devastated their entire family.  Renee realized after his death, that there wasn’t much acknowledgement on the impacts of losing a sibling. This made the grieving process much more complicated.

Through Renee’s grief journey, she had to rely on her faith to help her heal not only from Sam’s death, but also from painful experiences from her past.

Six years after Sam’s death, Renee decided that she wanted to write a story that would honor her brother, bring awareness to the impacts of the death of a sibling, and bring others hope and healing by the telling of her own personal journey.

Always My Hero, a memoir and tribute to Sam, has been a journey of re-living painful experiences and events, to create a story of inspiration to others that may find the healing process of losing a sibling an impossible feat.

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