20 Years Later: 9/11 Attacks Spark NorCal Brothers’ Determination To Fight War On Terror

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The warfare connected panic launched wrong hours of 9/11, with the archetypal onslaught a period aboriginal successful Afghanistan.

The United States’ penetration of Afghanistan aimed to dismantle Al-Qaeda, the violent radical that had executed the September 11, 2001, attacks.

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Several years later, a acceptable of brothers successful Northern California would motion up to combat for their country—but lone 1 would marque it backmost alive.

Their parent is present bound to endure the interaction of 9/11 for the remainder of her life.

“It’s impacted the remainder of my beingness until I instrumentality my past breath,” said Deborah Getz. “My bosom is everlastingly broken.”

Getz remembers being glued to the news, gripped by each item arsenic 9/11 changed her life.

“9/11, I retrieve I was watching Good Day Sacramento and I seen (sic) unrecorded the 2nd level hit,” Getz said. “And I thought, ‘What’s happening?’ “

Watching alongside her were her 2 young boys Kristofer and Nic—both determined to articulation the subject and enactment their country.

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“Both of my boys wanted to bash something, they conscionable weren’t aged capable yet,” Getz said. “So astatine 12 years old, you conscionable deliberation ‘Oh yeah, it’s conscionable a kid talking.’ He was successful eigth grade.”

She said they conscionable wanted to assistance their country.

And that’s precisely what some boys did. Kristofer became the youngest Army ranger and was deployed to Afghanistan. Nic was deployed to Iraq. Both fought the warfare connected terrorism.

Kristofer ne'er made it home.

“It breaks my bosom due to the fact that arsenic a mom, I was expected to beryllium determination to prime him up and I wasn’t successful Afghanistan to get him,” Getz said. “It’s hard. It’s precise hard for me. I conscionable privation him backmost and I can’t.”

Every twelvemonth since, Getz has acceptable up a artifact thrust to assistance subject families, knowing what they’ve mislaid to springiness to their country.

“There’s a spread successful of each the Gold Star families’ hearts, and you tin ne'er capable it. There are nary words you tin accidental to us,” Getz said. “But we cognize what our kid was doing. Whether it was our lad oregon our daughters, they were doing it for our freedoms.”

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Kristofer was 1 of 8 soldiers who died successful Afghanistan erstwhile a subject chopper crashed successful 2007. His member Nic fought progressive work successful Iraq and was honorably discharged 1 twelvemonth aft Kristofer’s death.

Marlee Ginter

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