- Joined the U.S. Army in 2002; his unit was one of the first to enter Baghdad and NBC reporter David Bloom died while embedded with the unit.
- Injured when a grenade exploded, causing severe back and spine injuries.
- Awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
- Cast in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah after a former neighbor who worked in the film's casting department, was looking to cast actual veterans in the film and asked McLaughlin to audition.
- Reagan — Daughter
- Rowan — Daughter
- Freya — Daughter
- John McLaughlin — Father
- Stephanie McLaughlin — Wife
- Logan — Son
- Rebecca Kay De Victoria — Mother
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