The year was 2005, and Sergeant Israel Del Toro was serving with the United States Air Force in Afghanistan. Like many of his fellow soldiers, Del Toro had been stationed in this unforgiving terrain for far too long. But he knew his duty and he knew that as long as he served with honor and distinction, he’d eventually earn some time home to see his wife and son.
Injured in the Field
On the day in question, Srgt. Del Toro was following routine orders to drive out past the perimeter of the base when his Humvee rolled over a buried pressure-plate mine. In an instant, and before he could do a thing, the bomb went off and the ensuing explosion engulfed the entire vehicle, with Del Toro still inside…