Tonight was a special Father’s Day edition of Someone You Should Know. Bruce McQuain from QandO, a Vietnam veteran with 28-years experience in the U.S. Army, does a wonderful job with this series because he knows of what he speaks and he is an incredible writer and narrator.

This week, Bruce told us about Raynham, Mass. native Jared C. Monti. He did so not through media accounts, but from the comments of Jared’s fellow soldiers. It is an amazing testimonial.

Immediately following Bruce’s moving tribute, we were honored to welcome Paul Monti, Jared’s father. This was a difficult night for Paul. Father’s Day was the last time he spoke to his son, who was killed three days later, on June 21, 2006.

Paul spoke movingly about Jared, the determined kid, how he made the varsity basketball team on his third try, and ended the season as one of the teams best players. Jared was always sticking up for the little guy. He was the kind of man that every father would be busting with pride to call their son.

Last night Jared’s family and friends held a poker tournament and raised $17,000 for a scholarship fund in his honor benefiting students from Bridgewater-Raynham high school.

You can send a donation to:

Jared C. Monti Scholarship Fund
Bristol County Savings Bank
Main Street
Raynham, MA 02767

Our hearts go out to Paul, the Monti family and his many friends. We thank him for letting us know why Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti is Someone You Should Know.

The Someone You Should Know radio collaboration began as an extension of Matt Burden’s series at Blackfive.

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