May 4, 2007

The Official Announcement

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Andrew R. Weiss, 28, of Lafayette, Ind., died May 3 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Weiss was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

Copyright 2007, Laura Linger


  1. My heart is with you during this horrible, difficult time, Laura. Be as strong as you can, and care for yourself, as well, ok? Ken, look after her, please.

  2. So, so very very sorry for your loss.

    All of my love (even though we don't know each other, I have enjoyed your blog for a while) goes out to you and your family.

    Such a waste of a good man, a good life, a future. Andy dies so that traitors may profit.

    But at least we know that he lived, and that he made a dent on this world, and that he lives yet in you.

  3. Laura:

    I wish that this had never happened but it did and nothing can change that. I am so, so sorry.

    The only thing I can say (and this after several of my own experiences with loss)is that some day it won't hurt as much as it does right now. The ache will always be there, but some day your will be able to breathe without wanting to scream as you exhale. Some day you will be able to smile without feeling like you'll burst into tears at the same time.

    Until then, try to be strong. Take help and comfort offered by your friends and family - even your extended blog family. We all care about you and want you to know that we are here for you.

  4. Laura Roland05 May, 2007


    I know we haven't spoken in a long time, but I still read your blog. I wanted you to know how very very sorry I am.

    I'm truly speechless...I don't know what else to say. Just please take care of yourself.

    You are in my thoughts.


  5. Anonymous05 May, 2007

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

  6. Anonymous05 May, 2007

    I also lost a family member in Operation Iraqi Freedom. It will be 2 years ago this July.

    These guys didn't sit in a comfortable office, they chose to make life better for others. Remember that.

  7. Anonymous05 May, 2007

    I write for the "I Got the News Today" diary for Daily Kos. I am the daughter and granddaughter of military men. I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. Please visit: if you would care to.

    Prayers to you and your family.

  8. Peace to you and your family and everybody who loved your brother.

  9. Anonymous06 May, 2007

    I saw the link to your blog from the Daily Kos diary mentioned earlier.

    Blessings and peace to you and your family during this difficult time...

  10. I'm very sorry, Laura.

  11. Sarah Czepiel06 May, 2007


    I am stunned at this sad news. My heart goes out to you and your famiy. God Bless Andy and keep him in his loving arms.

  12. Have been thinking of you and the tragedy you have suffered.

    The words you posted on AMAL were inspirational.

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family Laura.

    Take Care,