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Jody Wirawan was born on February 26th, 1986 in Jakarta, Indonesia
. He moved with his family to the U.S. not long after he was born and lived in many states before finally settling in Alaska.
Much of Jody's childhood was spent homeless or in foster care, but he worked hard to stay in school
and went on to study at the University Of Alaska Anchorage.
He visited Ground Zero and the Pentagon with his foster family shortly after the 9/11 attacks and was deeply moved, inspiring him to serve in the Army
after college. He was stationed in Iraq as the armorer for his unit and had looked forward to becoming an Alaska State Trooper after finishing his enlistment. However, Jody died in 2008 in Texas just a few days before he was to return home.