On December 14, 2011, she was at home when she got the call from her mom that Sam died. He was killed in combat when he relieved one of his team members and gave him a break from the previous day’s fire fight. The news devastated Renee.
The Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family invited me to share about my brother, his sacrifice for our country, and my new book Always My Hero. Tune in for a great discussion of our unwavering sibling bond, sacrifice, grief and hope.
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.
Renee Nickell, Author of Always My Hero, shares how equine therapy & evening devotions help her find hope & healing following her brother's death in Afghanistan.
Losing a family member in combat is an indescribably sad and tough experience, and each individual affected has to cope with the loss in their own way. For Renee Nickell, she decided to meet with some of the brave men who served with her brother, and self-publish a book that honors his legacy. Major Samuel Griffith served as a Marine Corps Officer & F-18 aviator, and was killed in late 2011 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Renee's book however, is not solely focused on her brother's tragic death, but the sibling bond they shared that was taken prematurely, and the many laughs that they enjoyed together.
Renee Nickell’s brother, Major Samuel Griffith, was killed-in-action in Dec, 2011. Since then, she’s gone thru many dark valleys and has found healing by writing a book: “Always My Hero” about her older brother and best friend.
Our Special Guest this week is Renee Nickell. Renee became a Gold Star Sibling when she lost her brother, Marine Major Samuel Griffith in combat on December 14, 2011 in Afghanistan. Renee was very close to Sam; in her eyes, he was her hero. Losing him was devastating. Six years after his death, she decided to honor and remember Sam by writing a memoir about him, with the hope that it would help her and others who had lost a sibling, find some peace in the process of healing.
Renee Nickell is grateful to be honored at the Lincoln Day dinner being held at Mar-a-Lago. President Donald Trump, who just arrived in town, is expected to make an appearance.
Today I had the honor of interviewing Renee Nickell. Renee is a gold star sibling, who continues to carry the torch for her brother, "Samuel Griffith", in her new book, "Always My Hero". Samuel Griffith was a Marine F18 fighter pilot, as well as a Forward Air Controller who lost his life fighting for his country, during his deployment in Afghanistan. Samuel is an American hero, and I thank him for his heroic, and Patriotic service to this great nation. It is men like Samuel who are born with the will to win, the desire to achieve a goal, and the mentality that doesn't know the word ,"quit". Throughout this podcast, Renee shares both her own, and Samuels story from start to finish.