By Gretel C. Kovach | Union Tribune San Diego | Signonsandiego.com | June 14, 2011
Amber McLoud was shopping in Walmart when she got the call. A gunnery sergeant wanted to inform her of some â€œreally bad newsâ€ about her husband, an infantry Marine deployed to Afghanistan.
McLoud feared the worst â€” that her husband was going to be sent home in a flag-draped coffin. She abandoned her basket and rushed outside, leaving her wallet and keys behind with the socks she meant to purchase for their newborn son.
Cpl. Justin McLoud, a 23-year-old fire team leader, was not dead, Amber learned when she resumed the call. He had been severely injured by a roadside bomb blast on patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, with Camp Pendletonâ€™s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Read the rest of this entry »