Chandler family remembering 9/11

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - This week we reflect back on the events of September 11.

Hear one Chandler military family's perspective about the decade long war on terror.

“All of a sudden they go to one station and that picture that we've all seen of the World Trade Center on fire and from right to left comes this other aircraft,” said Martin Sepulveda.

It's been almost 10 years since thousands of people lost their lives on September 11.

“Most of us have been to war before, but none of us had seen that,” Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda is a commander in the United States Navy Reserve and combat veteran. He was at a military base in Germany at the time of the attacks. It was a life changing event for him as well as every American.
“The thought of being attacked, you don't expect that to happen in your lifetime,” Sheree Sepulveda said.

Sheree has been a military wife for 26 years. She and Sepulveda have two children. Their son Marc is a Navy Corpsman currently deployed in Afghanistan.
“I have every bit of confidence in him [husband], as well as I have learned to with our son.” “The immense pride that I have in both of them for voluntarily serving our country.” she continued.

For the elder Sepulveda, going to war is a familiar scenario. He's a veteran of Desert Storm and the Kosovo Air Campaign. Since the invasions after September 11, he's done three tours of duty in Iraq as well as one in Afghanistan.

“I got to see my son in Iraq in the second tour,” Sepulveda said. “Some of those pictures are just bringing back fond memories.”

It’s those memories that he and his son are among the many US troops fighting for our country 10 years later.

“Don't forget that even though you’re not the one who has a friend or the family member, you are touched by this,” Sheree said.

It was an attack on our country claiming and changing the lives all these years later and for many more to come.

“It's the guy that comes back in a wheelchair, but his family, his spouse, parents, those he interacts with,” Sepulveda said.

“That's what we need to be sensitive too,” Sheree said. “That's what we need to focus on in terms of being an American and supporting one another.”

“The perception whether Iraq, Afghanistan, or every place in between, we're there and we're a force for good,” Sepulveda said. “So we can't lose sight of that.”