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Service after death: Veteran’s parents find comfort after donating son’s organs | Stars and Stripes

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Before Andrew Koehle died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2017, he had plans.

The Air Force veteran had just completed the training necessary to become eligible for a new job, and he was filling out applications. He was remodeling his home in Erie, Pa., and had just bought a stack of lumber to build new flower beds.

“Out of all the emotions I went through, that was the thing that hit me the hardest — that he had plans,” said his father, retired Lt. Col. Bill Koehle. “He had plans for his future.”

At 36, Koehle died before creating the life he had intended, Bill Koehle said. So when presented with the option to donate their son’s organs, his parents decided that would become part of their son’s legacy.

Source: Service after death: Veteran’s parents find comfort after donating son’s organs | Stars and Stripes

 

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