Local soldier killed in Afghanistan

October 30, 2009 3:52:31 AM PDT
Specialist Jared Stanker of Evergreen Park was among 18 Americans killed earlier this week. Stanker's family traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where his body and 17 others arrived Wednesday night.

The president saluted those who died and also met with some of their families as he considers whether to send more troops to Afghanistan.

The president will meet with his joint chiefs of staff on Friday to decide what to do next in Afghanistan.