Family members say Staff Sergeant Richard Lee Vazquez, 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG was critically injured by a roadside bomb on Wednesday and later passed in an Army hospital. (Source: Christine Vazquez)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard Vazquez (Source: Christine Vazquez)
MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) -
An Army sergeant from Mansfield, LA has died while serving his third tour in Afghanistan.
Family members say Staff Sergeant Richard Lee Vazquez, 3rd Battalion, 7th SFG was critically injured by a roadside bomb on Wednesday and later passed in an Army hospital.
"It's kind of un describable, losing a brother or family member, nobody should go through that pain," said Vazquez's brother Romario. He and his family gathered at Shreveport Regional Airport where they began a trek across the country to Dover AFB in Delaware to recover Vazquez's remains.
"Today I have a sense of pride," said sister, Christine Vazquez as she began to cry.
Christine says the 28-year-old Special Forces Green Beret was serving his 3rd tour in Afghanistan, when "he laid down his life for his man and country."
According to the Department of Defense, Vazquez was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol in Panjwai.
"Richard has never met a stranger and is greatly loved by all that knew him," Christine says. "Nothing he did was much short of perfect. He loved life, lived it to the fullest, and encouraged all to do the same."