Army Spc. Gregory James Missman died in Afghanistan after suffering wounds from an improvised explosive device in July.
Missman, 36, re-enlisted in the military after being laid off from his job as a computer consultant. Missman served in the Army 11 years earlier.
According to Missman's father, health care is what pushed his son back into service. After losing his job, Missman's young family, a wife and son were no longer insured.
He was deployed to Afghanistan June 5 and mortally wounded July 8.
Missman was awarded the Purple Heart before he died.
Watch CNN's report on Missman's sacrifice:
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