They say that serving in the military creates a brotherhood. There is a special bond that forms through service together.
Even long after their military years, veterans are willing to do what it takes to take care of their brothers. They don’t leave anyone behind.
When Phillip Rochette graduated from high school, he knew exactly what he was going to do with his life. He enlisted in the Marines, and devoted his life to service.
Rochette’s sister, Denise, always admired her brother. She said that he loved God, the Marines, and then everything else.
Recently, Rochette fell ill. He needed his brothers by his side.
In early July, he began to have bad headaches. Things only grew worse when he started throwing up.
Denise knew that there was something seriously wrong, so she called 911. In the ambulance, Rochette had a terrible stroke.
The stroke left Rochette in really bad shape. He was put on life support, and his family was forced to make a difficult decision.
They decided that it was only right to take him off of life support. He was being kept alive by a machine, and that was no way to live.
When well-wishers posted on Facebook about Rochette’s condition, Denise would often comment back to them. In one particular conversation, Denise expressed her wish for some Marines to come say goodbye to her brother.
The conversation was then shared all over the internet, and what resulted is mind-boggling. Hundred of Marines traveled from all over the country to say goodbye to their brother. “It’s the end of his watch, time for him to go home, so we will take it from here,” said one Marine brother.
It is a beautiful thing to see the brotherhood in action. Denise and her family are so thankful for what the many Marines have done — they just wish Rochette was able to see it.
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