It is part of our life. It’s part of who we are. I’m more than happy to talk to anyone who hears about Eric. I mean, he’s my son, but he was a great man.
Linthicum, Md., July 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – NFM Lending is pleased to once again honor Sergeant Eric Houck as the NFM Salute for July 2021. Houck was previously featured as the NFM Salute in February 2020.
Houck was originally from Perry Hall, Maryland. At just 22 years old and after the birth of his first child, Houck joined the United States Army in 2013. While stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., He received his first overseas deployment to Afghanistan for support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as a forward observer in the 101st Airborne Division. On June 10, 2017, at age 25, Houck was one of three American soldiers tragically killed by an enemy combatant in the Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Houck was only two months away from returning home. He left behind his wife Samantha and their young children, EJ and Violet.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, and Army Commendation Medal with a second group of oak leaves for his bravery in combat. In April 2021, the community of Perry Hall dedicated a bridge to Houck and another fallen soldier from the area. Houck’s father, Mike, said: “It is the greatest honor they can bestow on me. It is so important to us, just that people in the community remember him.”
Four years after losing their beloved son, the Houck family still feels his absence but keeps his memory alive through their stories. “Obviously it’s something you never get over. Maybe the emotions don’t come back to the surface as much as they used to. We’ve come to terms with the situation,” said Mike Houck. “It’s part of our life. It’s part of who we are. I’m more than happy to talk to anyone who wants to hear from Eric. I mean, he’s my son, but he was a great man. . “
NFM Salute is an initiative in which a member or veteran is chosen each month to be honored as a “salute of the month”. Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website along with a biography and information about their service. Additionally, NFM Lending will donate to a non-profit organization on behalf of Salute. NFM Lending is proud to donate $ 2,500 to Mission 22 on behalf of Eric and the Houck family. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue honoring service members and veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.
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