Daughter of Afghanistan war hero speaks in Tuscaloosa

Stoney Sharp reports.

The first American war casualty in Afghanistan was Alabama native Mike Spann. Spann, from Winfield, was murdered by the Taliban in 2001.

His daughter, Alison Spann, spoke at Tuscaloosa's Memorial Day program Monday.

This Memorial Day, she urged the crowd to remember the families of fallen soldiers.

Alison Spann currently works with two scholarship programs, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the CIA Memorial Scholarship Foundation, ensuring the children of fallen servicemen and servicewomen receive good educations.

"It's really hard when a father or mother dies and leaves the other parent alone with three, four, even one kid to provide the basic essentials like education. So those specific projects are really close to my heart because I want to make sure all of those families are provided for," she told ABC 33/40 News.

Alison Spann said her father's legacy was putting God, family, and country first. He also always wanted to help others. She said he was passionate about freeing the people of Afghanistan from Taliban rule.

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