Soldier Family Support Group

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

A Kentucky National Guard soldier was killed on Thursday after his armored vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device near Fallujah.

Thirty-year-old Staff Sergeant Brock Beery of Whitehouse, Tennessee was assigned to the Kentucky Army National Guard's headquarters and Company 2cd Ballalion 123rd Armor, which is based in Bowling Green.

Beery is the ninth Kentucky Army National Guard soldier to lose his life in Iraq.

"He was one of our brightest and best .He was a fine soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation. His family is in our prayers and we will continue to support them throughout this time of grief", says Kentucky's Adjutant General Donald Storm.

"This is something that spouses of military people go through that a normal person you run into on a daily basis just doesn't understand. It helps to have somebody to talk to who knows exactly what you may be going through" says Bowling Green's Family Support Group President, Robin Skaggs.

This is the first time Bowling Green's Family Support Group has dealt with a tragedy such a this one since they became active again in 2005 and according to these families it's something that they say they just weren't prepared for.

"This was something that we were aware were were taking chances on but nobody will ever be prepared to hear the information that we recieved this week", says Skaggs.

"It hit home for me as a parent and thinking about others and what they're going through", says Debbie Robinson, whose two sons are in the Kentucky Army National Guard.

"Alot of the National Guardsmen are already married and have children and there's a few out there that are still sons of moms and dads and they need support as well", says Robinson.

The Bowling Green Family Support Group has about 30 members, many of which are parents and spouses of those overseas. The group is open to anyone, however, who would like to be a part of it.

To get involved with the family support group you can email Robin Skaggs at rskaggs@blue.net.

As for Sergeant Beery, Governor Fletcher has directed all flags at state buildings to fly at half staff until his funeral.

Funeral services are still pending at this time.


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