From The Havre Daily News: An injured soldier who struggled daily to overcome the physical challenges left by an explosion in Iraq died early Sunday morning in his sleep, just two weeks before a home being built for him and his family was due to be finished.
Sgt. Kevin White, 29, leaves behind his wife, Juliane, and a 15-month-old son, Liam, who now will move into their new home without him.
White, a paratrooper in Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, was the most severely injured of the soldiers involved in an April 2007 ambush of their convoy in Iraq.
He was in his second tour when a piece of a rocket warhead went through his shoulder and into his lung. He also sustained a brain injury.
He was released from duty with a medical retirement, and the extent of his injuries made it impossible to work. With medical bills mounting and his wife pregnant at the time, White's in-laws, Ann and O.T. Green, decided to build them a house next door to their home near Lakeside.
The Greens took out a second mortgage on their own home, emptied Ann's retirement account and started building in 2010.
"We're about two weeks away from being finished," O.T. Green said.
The White family has been living with Greens while the home was being built.
It will be a couple of weeks before the results of an autopsy are known to determine a cause of death, Green said.
The family is thankful to have some happy memories from the day before White's death. They all had gone to a gun show at the fairgrounds in Kalispell, where White had purchased a pocket watch.
"He was happy and upbeat," Green said. "He signed up to go turkey hunting with a group of other veterans."
As they left the gun show, White announced in the parking lot: "We need a group hug."
How sad for the family as they were very excited to move into a new house with his family and then the soldier dies. Now, the family is being overrun with mortgage payments and other daily living costs. And sadly, Mr. Green will not be able to see his kids grow up.
But I am also sure the Army and his war buddies will also help out his family and the Montana community will also help out as best as possible, so I hope his family will be taken care of.
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