In 2004, Lcpl. Alexander Scott Arredondo was killed in the war in Iraq. Brian , Alex's younger brother never came to terms with his grief. He died by suicide at the end of 2011. Both young men are Carlos Arredondo's sons and Mélida Arredondo's stepsons.
As a family who lost two son's related to war in Iraq in, we learned that having a mission to help others would help us manage the grief and trauma our family has gone through. We also realized that many others are impacted as we have been. This is why Carlos, Mélida and everyone at the Foundation do this important work.