Each day, we will randomly highlight one service member’s life, and include links and stories. We choose to never forget, and this is our way, before the run, to remember our fallen service members.


Pfc. Jeffrey Braun was adopted by an American family, but he dreamed of starting an orphanage in Honduras, where he was born. “Jeff always had a plan, a purpose,” said the Rev. Richard Forcier, Braun’s family priest. “He had a dream to give back.” The 19-year-old from Stafford, Conn., died Dec. 12 of a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baghdad. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. As a teenager, Braun’s hairstyles changed often, friends said. He enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating from high school, where he was a multi-sport athlete and member of the choir. “My brother was never afraid to try new things while everyone stood aside and just watched him,” Julie Braun wrote in a letter that was read at the soldier’s funeral. “Everyone could feel the warmth of his personality,” she wrote. His parents, William and Meredith Braun, and his sister say they are continuing his work to start an orphanage.

Information for this story was acquired from In Remembrance.

We will run for Jeffrey on June 22, 2008 outside Joshua Tree, California.

Additional links where you may learn more about Jeffrey.
Faces of the Fallen