I have always been extremely close to my cousin. We're three weeks apart in age and that made us have a very special bond/connection growing up and on into adulthood. She had her kids at a young age and I had the privilege of watching her kids grow up through the years.
My cousin's son, R, is in the military (Marines) and is stationed in Afghanistan. We found out last night that R lost his leg below the knee when an IED exploded. He's in good spirits and has been in contact with his wife and his Mom/Dad/brother/sister. R and his wife have two young children (almost 2 and almost 3). He'll be transferred to Germany before returning to the US.
You will find an update here: Update on My Wounded Relative Who is a Marine