Stan,

I know you will be smiling down today knowing that Jalen hit his four year anniversary in the Army today.  I am very proud of him, as I know you are as well.  I remember the first night we all sat in Germany together talking about what we missed back home and you told us the years just fly by.  Well, you were right.  I am not proud of Jalen because he made it to four years because thats what he signed up to do, I am proud of him because of what he did in those four years.  He is like a brother to me, and you taught me years ago that family is much more than just blood.  You have to trust each other, rely on each other, push each other, and the hardest part…when you find yourself at the top of a mountain…look down and remember who helped you get there.  I miss you buddy, look out for Jalen as he begins his transition out of the Army.  He has had an incredible journey, I can assure you I wouldn’t be the man I am without people like you and him.

-Natale