Bryan Willard was a guy that Dan went to flight school with when we lived in Corpus Christi, TX. He was the sweetest guy in the world - a Marine. He was single back then, and would pop by for dinner now and then. When Dan was away on cross countries, he would come by and take me out to dinner or to a movie and always call to see if I was ok or if I needed anything. He was a great friend. Dan and I just got word that Bryan was one of the 8 Marines killed in the helicopter crash in Djibouti last week. What a terrible loss for his wife, family and our country. This hits so close to home to me - how easily it could have been my own husband. My heart is breaking for his wife and I can only imagine the pain that she must be suffering. How does someone recover from such a terrible loss? Dan and I are in the process of trying to find if there is a memorial fund for the surviving families. Often times the military sets up and education fund for the children of fallen soldiers. If I hear of any such thing, I will post that on here for anyone touched and interested in helping these people in the time of their grief. This is the worst nightmare of any military wife or husband. I am so thankful to God that he has protected Dan and am praying continually that he will remain in God's mercy and protection. Bryan was a wonderful man and will be so sadly missed.