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Joshua Rodgers

Vonda Rodgers said a prayer as volunteers pounded nails in syncopation in the parking lot of the VFW as they began the work of constructing the first McLean County Habitat for Humanity Hero Home.

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Army Ranger Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Normal was on his third tour of Afghanistan before he turned 22. He died in a raid of an ISIS headquarters in Afghanistan two years ago this weekend.

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Bill Waller wiped tears from his eyes as he recalled meeting Vonda Rodgers for the first time.

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Bloomington-Normal is commemorating fallen soldiers and their families in a new way this holiday season.

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You couldn’t draw up the play any better if you tried.


The parents of a Bloomington native Army Ranger killed in combat earlier this year have established a memorial fund with a local organization.