Just a day after President Trump announced his plan for an open-ended commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the body of 23-year-old Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter came home to Columbus, Indiana. Colette Luke has more.
A casket carrying the body of 23-year-old Army Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, a casualty of the war in Afghanistan, returned back home to Columbus, Indiana on Tuesday… A four and half mile procession bearing him from Columbus Municipal Airport to a funeral home…. Adults and young children waving American flags and saluting as Hunter's body passed by… Hunter was one of two paratroopers killed on August 2nd when their convoy was attacked by an IED in Kandahar… It was Hunter's first deployment. He'd been in the country only 32 days when he was killed… His death shines light on the grim reality of the war, nearly 16 years after it began. More than 2000 US soldiers have been killed in the conflict... Natsot (Trump speech) And President Trump's promise of a stepped up campaign in Afghanistan suggests the death toll will only rise. Natsot (Back to Columbus) Hunter is survived by his wife, his parents and a brother and sisters. His funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at Columbus East High School, his alma mater.