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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Purple Heart trail run brings civilians, combat veterans together | Idaho Statesman

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Many kids dream about becoming a doctor, athlete or ballerina.

Aaron Butler wanted to become a soldier.

He enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard on April 10, 2008, while still in high school.

He began the Special Forces training program in 2014, and graduated with honors on Jan. 14, 2016.

And on Aug. 16, 2017, Aaron succumbed to injuries “suffered from an improvised explosive device while clearing a booby-trapped building” in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. He was 27.

Source: Purple Heart trail run brings civilians, combat veterans together | Idaho Statesman

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