Zachary John Potter, 32

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Army Sergeant Zachary John Potter, born December of 1981, of Taylor, Michigan. Beloved son of Timothy Potter and Janice Juntti; beloved brother of Melissa, Emily, Jordan and Morgan.

He served in the United States National Guard and United States Army from 2001-2008.

His first deployment was in 2004 and he was stationed near Baghdad, Iraq. He was an MP who helped train the Iraqi police force and also served as a humvee truck driver. One of Zach’s best friends was injured by a suicide bomber during this tour.

While Zack was in Iraq, his dad and family fought tirelessly to make sure that the men and women overseas were able to get the supplies that they needed. Zack’s dad, Tim, spearheaded an effort to make sure that every solider was able to carry “quick clot” with them. He spent hours and hours, and talked to many people, congressmen, and people alike to support his son and fellow troops. It was a running joke while Zack was deployed, that there was a dad in Michigan causing quite a ruckuss trying to get quick clot to all the soldiers in combat zones.

The second time that Zack went back to Iraq, he volunteered to go. He spent eight months to a year there as the chaplains assistant.

He came home from Iraq in May 2008.

He was honorably discharged due to the medical condition of PTS, which he suffered from after he came home from his first tour in Iraq.

Zack Potter lost his battle with PTS, January 9, 2014. He was 32 years old.

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