well me and this kid go back since second grade. at the time my parents split up and my brother startin pushin drugs and his mom just died and his dad became a major alcoholic. so we bonded instantly. we looked out for eachother because we had nobody else. we looked at his older brother as our father and respected him more then anyone in our family. he was our role model. well he just shipped off to iraq. i dont think he really knew what he was getting himself into and we all knew that he was going to regret it. so now my friends drunk ass dad is beating him more then ever and i get calls all the time asking to spend the night at my place because of it. just 10 min ago i got a call from his older brother. he just told me that if he doesnt make it out of there i gotta make sure josh does ok. hearing that from him just tore me in half because if that family loses that kid its game over. they wont be able to handle another loss. i watched my best friend jump in his moms casket holding his mom in the middle of the priests prayer at the age of 6. i dont think i can witness that again.