The Redeemers: Alpha Squad
June 3rd, 2013 is a day that I will always remember as one of the worst days of my life. My twenty-year-old brother Rob was in Able Company 1-506th Infantry deployed to Afghanistan when he was killed by a suicide bomber. He left behind a new wife and a soon to be born son. It was the most devastating tragedy my family had ever dealt with and we all took it very hard.
When Samuel and Rob walked into my cell the next day, I was in complete shock and broke into hysterical sobs. I couldn’t believe I was seeing my brother again. Rob was always a big guy, but now he was huge. It was very obvious he was in incredible shape. He walked into the room with his classic grin, a grin that no one can forget, and ran to me and give me the biggest hug I have ever had. I never thought I would see him again, yet there he was hugging me in a cell somewhere far from home.
I found the entire situation and the things Samuel had explained to me hard to believe, but I realized that if Rob was there, then it all must be true. Telling this story now is very hard for me. My baby brother – the most caring and good person I had ever known – taken too soon from his life and family – was somehow back from the dead and sitting in this cell with me. When I realized Rob was wearing the same black uniform as Samuel, everything finally made sense. He selflessly made the same decision I was about to make. He left his entire life behind to help protect the world from these destructive gods. By accepting this job, I would be leaving my wife and two kids behind to believe I am dead like Rob did after being "killed" in Afghanistan. That is not something I take lightly and I knew I would miss them more than anything, but I also knew I had to do this to be sure that they are not harmed by things too great for them to understand. I felt a flood of emotions as I thought about how my family would feel once I was pronounced dead for whatever reason the government felt fit to give – eventually using my jeep accident as the reason.
Samuel left us to catch up, so Rob and I sat and talked alone for a while. It was so good to know that he was alive and well and I couldn’t have been happier. After about an hour, Samuel broke up our reunion, "I am glad to see you are happy to see each other and Ray I hope this will encourage you to join our cause."
"How can I not join your team to keep our friends and families and innocent civilians safe? With Rob at my side, of course, I am in."