Welcome to SOFREP Video: Heroes of Special Operations.

Today’s heartfelt conversation digs into the deep sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families, underscoring the reality that the instinct for self-preservation often takes a backseat to taking care of your brothers in arms. In the heat of the moment, you are fighting for your buddy, for that person to the right and left of you.

When a service member is lost for any reason, there is, of course, an immense impact on the family of that man or woman. Long after their death, a personal battle endures that families and loved ones often suffer in silence, a testament to their strength and resilience.

Over more than a decade of continuous conflict, the military community faced the challenge of becoming somewhat numb to the constant stream of loss. Unless we knew the person who was killed, in time, it just became another number, another statistic. This is in contrast to the earlier days of the war when each death personally stung, and in many cases, we can still recall their names.