Brick family fights for memorial to honor soldier sonPosted: Updated:
Brick parents are fighting the military for a proper memorial for their soldier son who died after serving in Iraq.
Mark and Suzette DeTulio say the military refuses plant a tree for their son, Pfc. Ryan Christensen, at the Georgia base he was stationed. They say it?s because the 22-year-old died from a strange bacterial infection in 2005 after serving overseas and did not die in combat.
"We wrote politicians, the president, governors? the response is the same. ?Due to your son?s death, not by combat related action, he's not getting a tree,?" Mark DeTulio says.
Frustrated with the 2-year struggle, Christensen?s relatives have put up their own memorial tree to Christensen in Brick. However, they say it?s not the same as an official memorial.
Suzette DeTulio vows to get answers surrounding her son?s death and the memorial policy. The DeTulios say the Army told them their son?s death was from natural causes. They say when Christensen became sick, his liver shut down in a matter of days, he suffered from toxic shock and an aneurism.