Soldier's wife: Jarett died doing what he loved and dreamed of doing

Jarett Yoder was killed Tuesday when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan

The wife of a Berks County soldier who died in Afghanistan is remembering her young husband as a "true hero."

Jarett and Heather Yoder were married just before he was deployed to Afghanistan in August, officials said.

Yoder, 26, of Brecknock Township, was one of two Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers who died when their helicopter went down on Tuesday, officials said.

In a statement she released Wednesday, Heather Yoder said, "Jarett is my American hero. He always dreamed of being an Apache pilot and he followed those dreams to continue to fight for our country. Jarett died doing what he loved and dreamed of doing, a true hero. There are so many people who love him and we will never forget. I love you, always and forever. Your loving wife, Heather."

Jarett Yoder graduated in 2005 from Oley Valley High School, where he participated on the soccer and track teams. He also attended Reading Area Community College.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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