In September of 2003, 23-year-old U.S. Army sergeant Thomas 'T.J.' Sweet of Bismarck, N.D., arrived in Junction City, Iraq, for his first deployment.
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kans., Sweet and his unit were to help restore local elementary schools.
Sweet was even preparing to work with a Maryland Eagle Scout to provide school supplies for Iraqi students.
Then, on Thanksgiving morning, nearly three months after arriving in the Middle East, Sweet died by suicide.