Nonprofit starts college fund for son of soldier killed in Afghanistan

Nonprofit starts college fund for son of soldier killed in Afghanistan


The late U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga has been named the sixth Hero of the Joshua Chamberlain Society’s Nashville Chapter.

That means, according to the Brentwood-based group’s Web site, that we adopt, in the truest meaning of that word, these veterans or the family of these deceased veterans, and commit to provide support for the long term.”

The society will be assisting the widow and son of Sgt. Arrechaga, who now live in Thompson’s Station.

Ofren and Alston Arrechaga. // SUBMITTED

Sgt. Arrechaga married Seana Minikhiem on Sept. 1, 2007, and shortly thereafter deployed to Iraq for the third time. When he returned home for R&R, he and Seana welcomed their new son, Alston, into the world on March 28, 2008. Arrechaga then returned to Afghanistan for his final deployment before going to Fort Benning Georgia.

March 28, 2011 was Alston’s 3rd birthday, and Dad’s last words to his son were, “Happy Birthday Buddy” I love you. Just one month before the sergeant was due to return home, two soldiers in dress uniform arrived at the Arrechaga home in Clarksville, Tennessee, to deliver the worst news imaginable, “the Secretary of the Army regrets to inform you . . .”

He had paid the ultimate price and was killed in action by small arms fire during the 101st Airborne’s largest mission since Vietnam, Strong Eagle III.

Alston lives with his mom, Seana, in Thompson’s Station. The boy, soon to be 10, lives a busy life with school, sports and gymnastics.

JCS/Nashville has started a 529 education fund for Alston for college.

JCS was started in St. Louis but has had the opportunity to expand to a second chapter in Nashville. Each chapter focuses on helping their own group of adopted heroes. Your donations stay within the chapter of your choice so you know that you’re helping someone from your local area.

If you would like to contribute to the JCS mission, click HERE.

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