Dad’s Tears
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A Father’s loss

Dad’s Tears
Richard Dvorin lost his son, Army 2nd Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, to a roadside bomb near Iskandariyah, Iraq, on Feb. 3, 2004. Richard Dvorin now does work helping other family members and veterans who are suffering. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Seth Dvorin’s medals are displayed in a flag box on a coffee table in his father’s home. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Dad Phone
Richard Dvorin works the night shift at a hotline for soldiers and their families from New Jersey. Three days a week, he fields calls from people dealing with post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, financial problems and death. Since the hotline started in 2005, it has received more than 5,000 calls. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Seth Army
Army 2nd Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, center, was killed by a roadside bomb near Iskandariyah, Iraq, on Feb. 3, 2004. His father, Richard Dvorin, believes Seth was somewhere between the 526th to 529th American soldier killed in Iraq. (Family Photo)
Seth Army Group photo
Army 2nd Lt. Seth Dvorin, front row right, standing, in Baghdad with his platoon, part of the 10th Mountain Division from New York. (Family Photo)
Seth Dvorian
Seth Dvorin, pictured, “was more than a son to me,” says his father, Richard Dvorin. “He was my friend, he was my confidant, he was my idol. I lost a lot.” (Family Photo)