A Tragic Loss

I just received one of those e-mails you hate to get. Brandon Forrest Eggleston, the only son of Alisa Moody—who used to be one of my graphic designers at the NRA and now manages my website—was killed last night in Afghanistan by an IED. In addition to his mother, Brandon leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Brandon was on his third deployment and was a member of a Special Forces Ranger team. He was slated for helicopter pilot training next week and had bought a jump pass for his mother for a tandem jump over Mother’s Day weekend. Instead, she must fly to Dover, Del. and make arrangements to receive his remains.

News like this stuns, as if hit in the face by a fastball. We see reports of servicemen and women killed like this regularly, and, unfortunately, we often just shake our heads and move on with our day. Unfortunately it seems we need to take a hit close to home to acknowledge the importance of each and every one of these reports. Every one of these valiant servicemen and women have mothers, fathers, spouses, children, siblings and friends, and each of them grieves deeply for that loved one.

There are a lot of thoughts that go through my mind now; most of which aren’t appropriate to be voiced at this time. But those of us who are gunners and hunters know we have an innate and profound responsibility that goes above and beyond the non-shooting public. One of those responsibilities is to support every citizen that shuns their civvies and takes an oath to protect and serve his fellow citizens by wearing the uniform of the U.S. military.

Yes, I realize that this installment has nothing to do with guns or hunting. However, we NRA folk—members, staff and supporters—are tied closely to the United States military, and Brandon was one of us. I ask you to pray for Brandon Forrest Eggleston; his mother Alisa; his wife Karen; his daughters Molly and Avery and the rest of his family and friends. And the next time you hear of a serviceman or woman killed in some far-off place, remember that it isn’t just another name to blow off after a few seconds. That individual was a living, breathing person of honor, fighting for your freedom and safety. And each of them leaves behind many who are intensely grieving.

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14 Responses to A Tragic Loss

Maureen H wrote:
May 09, 2012

Wonderful words Dave. God bless you and your family Alisa.

Mike Kern Jr wrote:
May 04, 2012

My heart goes out to Brandon's family. His mom's comment about "his faith in Christ" is key. May God bless and comfort his family. Thank you Brandon for your service. I salute you.

Les Rose wrote:
May 02, 2012

Thank you for sharing this in your column. You were right to use this forum because the loss of a loved one, especially in circumstances like this supercede all other concerns. My son is currently serving in Afghanistan and not a day goes by that I send up a prayer for him and all of the rest of our military serving in harms way. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family. God bless them and God bless the USA.

Alisa Moody wrote:
April 30, 2012

Dear Friends, Thank you for your kind words of support and your prayers. As Brandon's mom I could not have asked for a better son nor would I begrudge God to have him back in His fold. I was blessed with 29 of the most wonderful years of learning from my son, much more than I taught. His devotion and dedication to serving this country, his faith in Christ, his joy and ability to make others laugh, his skill in his job and his desire to do the right thing are all precious gifts to be left with. He was a great husband and father and his family is thankful to all who have shared in his life. May the Lord bless the remaining men and women who serve and those who continue to sign up daily offering their own lives for ours. Thank you Dave for your constant friendship and this wonderful post.

Browning Family wrote:
April 30, 2012

Dave, the entire Browning family shares your grief and has Brandon's family in our prayers. May God bless him.

Scarbelly wrote:
April 28, 2012

Am so sorry for the loss of your friend, a true patriot. May God comfort you all. Thank you, Brandon, for your service and sacrifice.

Dave W. wrote:
April 27, 2012

Brandon GOD Bless you and I pray for peace for your family Also thank you so much for your service and so so sorry you had a life cut so short. May GOD lift you up.

percy bennett wrote:
April 27, 2012

As in any military unit in harms way all give some and some give all. This is not one families loss, it is every families.

Bernie wrote:
April 27, 2012

Rest asssured I will put them in my prayers.

Karen wrote:
April 27, 2012

Well said Dave. We need to remember and honor all that serve our country - whether we know them or not.

Frank Medicine Wolf Springer wrote:
April 27, 2012

There is not a day that goes by where some family does not suffer for the protection one of its members is allowing others around the world. It is a deeply grievous responsibility that these families must shoulder when one of their blood travels to serve this country, by protecting others so far away. It is of great consequence for these families so profoundly affected by the death of a loved one, to understand that there are so very many Americans who feel their loss, understand the soldier's gift to others, and pray their personal suffering comes not from an empty action of the government. God Bless this child, God Bless his family, and thank you for the gift your son gave others- the chance of a peaceful life somewhere in the future.

Keith Ringgenberg wrote:
April 27, 2012


patmchugh wrote:
April 27, 2012

Dave, so well said... we all need to be reminded every now and then of the patriotism, courage, dedication and sacrifices of our men and women in unifrom... and of their families.

Kim B. wrote:
April 27, 2012

This is so awful. I am praying for Alisa and her family.