Andrew Thomas McCaffrey, 48

Andrew Thomas McCaffrey, 48

Andrew Thomas McCaffrey
Arlington—Andrew Thomas McCaffrey, passed away on August 19, 2020. Andrew was born on March 3rd, 1972 to Michael and Barbara McCaffrey. He is preceded in death by his father, Michael. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Barefield, his children, Brandon and Izabel, and his step-son, Jason. He is also survived by his brothers, Phil and Steve McCaffrey, and his mother Barbara McCaffrey, as well as many beloved friends. A visitation will be held Tuesday, September 8th from 2pm-6pm at Murphy Funeral Homes Arlington. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mindful Memorial Day.

Shared from a Facebook post:

“We lost another warrior last night. Retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Andrew McCaffrey did what he said he would never do, he took his own life. Andy was the most intense soldier I ever met. He was a warrior’s warrior. His hand was blown off by a defective grenade. He fought the Army to stay on active duty with an intensity that was awe-inspiring. And against all odds, he beat them and went on to serve 2 more tours downrange as an active special forces operator. Details aside his return to the non-combat Army was less than fully successful and he ended up retiring before he wanted to. I don’t think he knew how to ratchet down that intensity level and the Army and the VA didn’t have the tools to help him with that. I found 2 photos of him that I believe capture the man that I knew. He is one of the “22”. He poured every ounce of his being into being the best warrior he could be and at that, he succeeded. I hope you are finally at peace, Andy.”

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