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Losing Our Sons
by Daris Long
Frontpage Interview's guest today is Daris Long, the father of PV2 William "Andy" Long, the soldier killed in front of the Little Rock Army Recruiting Center in June of 2009. He grew up for ten years in Afghanistan where his father was serving with the USAID Program working irrigation projects in Helmand and Kandahar Provinces. After graduating from High School in Kabul, he moved to the Philippines with his father and joined the US Marine Corps. He served overseas in the Far East for almost 7 years as well as tours of duty in the Persian Gulf, Somalia and East Timor. He is a retired Marine veteran who spent ten years in the Enlisted ranks as well as 17 as an Officer. His wife, Andy's mother, also served a tour in the US Navy. His sister married an Afghan and escaped Afghanistan immediately prior to the Russian invasion in 1979.
Long has recently helped in producing a powerful documentary, Losing Our Sons, which focuses on the tragic story of his son's murder by a jihadist in Little Rock, Arkansas.
FP: Daris Long, thank you for joining me today.
Let's begin with your background. After living and serving in Muslim countries, what was your view of the cultures?
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