“Our brother might’ve survived the Afghan war but a part of him never returned home. Several years later this war finally consumed another American hero. Stats will never paint the true picture of our country’s loss.
He served his country with honor and without fear. It’s a horrible shame to have ones loved one come home a different person. My family is one of many that have witnessed first hand what post traumatic stress disorder can do to a soldier. I can’t and may never understand why you thought that you had no other options. You left behind a wonderful family that loves you very much.”
As a combat veteran, James served his country honorably in the United States Army, stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of sergeant earning numerous medals, awards, and commendations including three Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
James was a third generation Arizonan. After his military service, he returned home and studied Business Administration at Arizona Christian University. He was a youth pastor at Phoenix Korean Presbyterian Church and volunteered with numerous charitable organizations.
In an effort to continue his commitment to public service, James ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in District 15 last year. James took his pro-family, pro-2nd Amendment, and pro-education conservative campaign door-to-door, meeting with the district voters.
He and his wife Fawn, have a young family. In addition to Fawn, he leaves behind his son, James II, daughter Mya and his parents Tom and Adele Bearup. James was an impressive young man and will be missed by his eight siblings, extended family and wide circle of friends.
Our prayers are with them all.