Although we have never met, your son Stephen and I became close friends in boot camp and have corresponded regularly over the past four years. I was dismayed to hear of his passing and am writing to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Stephen was always full of energy and optimism. During training, Stephen helped me overcome my fear of climbing and rappelling. When the exercises became too tough, it was Stephen who always encouraged the squad to "soldier on". You must be very proud of him. It was no surprise that he made Sergeant before the end of his first hitch.
Stephen once told me it was you who taught him that the best part of life is building good memories. I hope that the memories you built will help you to "soldier on" through this difficult time.
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