Nothing ever heals the pain Gold Star families feel after losing a loved one during war.
“You’re never prepared for that knock on the door, even though you know it can happen. You’re still in shock when it does happen,” Kelly Kowall said.
Kowall lives in Ruskin and lost her son when he was just 20 years old while he was deployed to Afghanistan. Army Spc. Corey J. Kowall, died on Sept. 20, 2009, when a military vehicle he was in overturned. He was in Zabul Province rushing with a group to help a convoy that encountered an IED.
A medic was also killed.