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RSA deeply saddened by death of SAS soldier

RNZRSA Media Release
20 August 2011
RSA deeply saddened by death of SAS soldier

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association National President Don McIver says that the tragic news of the death of another New Zealand soldier while serving his country in Afghanistan will be received with great sorrow by all members of the RSA.

“The SAS is operating in the dangerous environs of Kabul where casualties are almost inevitable but that makes his loss no easier,” says Mr McIver.

“The fact that this soldier was killed going to the rescue of civilians trapped in the British Council building is synonymous with our country’s current mission in Afghanistan and long tradition of fighting for the freedom of others.”

“As a member of this close knit and highly professional unit I know that his comrades in arms will be deeply affected by his death and we join them in mourning his passing.”

“This will be an especially difficult time for his family and we offer them our sincere sympathy at their time of loss.”

At RSAs throughout the country flags will fly at half-mast in memory of this fallen soldier.
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