The good news - my "son" Mark (one of my former students) made it through the USMC boot camp Crucible and can now be called "Marine" instead of "Recruit". He will graduate on 1/14/11 in San Diego.
The bad news - I just got word that the Rio Grande Valley has lost another soldier, U.S. Army Pfc. Ira Laningham of Zapata. Here is his story (taken from the local newspaper).