Mother of Deceased Soldier Speaks Out

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Twenty-five-year-old Specialist Andrew Hand was killed with members of his unit Saturday, just hours after he got off the phone.

This was Hand's third tour overseas.

He was offered a radio job in Afghanistan, but chose to stay with his fellow soldiers, going into the field and searching for improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

It was a blast from an IED that killed him and three others.

News 4's spoke with Hand's mother, Phyllis Parris.

She says her son is a good man who always looked at life in a positive light.

“He was funny and fun. He always wanted to make everybody laugh and he always wanted to make everyone around him happy and liked. He didn't like sad, he didn't like depressed, he wanted everybody happy, he was very upbeat,” said Parris.

Hand’s mother says her son had decided not to re-enlist, wanting to spend more time with his family.

He only had three months left before he was scheduled to come home.

Hand will be buried in the Little Arlington Cemetery in Birmingham.

He leaves behind two sons, ages 2 and 4-years-old.

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