Sharrett's brother was a 1-32 Cavalry Screaming Eagle killed by his own lieutenant during a firefight with insurgents in northern Iraq on Jan. 16, 2008. Casey personally ordered an investigation into Sharrett's death in 2010 after Sharrett's family presented him with what they called evidence of a cover-up. Casey greeted Chris on the knoll and told him, "We weren't going to let that go."
After reading Army Sgt. David Isaiah Ladart's name, his mother, Debbie May McLean, said he had post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury from his 16 months in Baghdad and later hanged himself on post after the Veterans Administration rebuffed his pleas for treatment.
The reading of the names, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, has helped those grieving to get through it with hugs and "gives us the strength to keep going because you're not alone," McLean said.
The Pentagon provided the list of KIAs, which was a lower number than the 6,808 listed by website iCasualties.org.
"This is all part of our healing," agreed Cathy Heighter, who read the name of her son Army Spec. Raheem Tyson Heighter's, a trooper killed in 2003 in Iraq.