Michael Foster was born on June 3, 1982, on Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona. Michael comes from a family with a long history of active military service. He was raised in Arizona and New Mexico, and as a teenager was a third-degree black belt karate tournament fighter and kata sportsman. He went on to college in Orlando, Florida, and he graduated with a degree in X-Ray Technology.
He returned to New Mexico to pursue a higher degree, but he felt the calling to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Army, specifically the Mortuary Affairs service, in January of 2006. Michael received his training in Mortuary Affairs at Fort Lee, Virginia, and was deployed to Iraq in May 2008. He finished his tour of duty in Iraq despite the physical injuries he incurred, as his focus was to remain to do his duty for the fallen soldiers and to their families.
In December of 2008, Michael returned to Fort Lee, Virginia, with plans to become a Sergeant, but his injuries were too severe and he was medically retired from the Army in November 2009. Specifically, he has a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and back and neck injuries. He now resides in Melbourne, Florida, with primary custody of his daughter. He is still in an ongoing treatment process for his injuries and enjoys his time as a parent.
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Faces of War: Iraq, the Road to Heaven or Hell
by Michael Foster
One young American soldier, a Mortuary Affairs specialist, went to Iraq to bring home fallen soldiers and almost ended up a fallen warrior himself. This is the true story of Michael Foster, his team, and their time spent on the battlefield and in the mortuary retrieving and processing the corpses of allies and hostiles, strangers and friends -- and it is the story of those who can no longer speak.
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