Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"Support the Troops, Bring Them Home"

In an ongoing disagreement over OIF with my mom the other day, I asked, "How is it that all the soldiers and marines I know wanted to be there and want to go back? Why does it seem the people that don't know a single person serving are the ones that want them out of Iraq so urgently? Do all of these "pull out" civilians sitting in their Lazy Boys actually think they know better than the boots on the ground?!"

Unfortunately, any bad turn will always get more ink then the Capt. Ivan Castros of the fight:

"...When Capt. Ivan Castro joined the Army, he set goals: to jump out of planes, kick in doors and lead soldiers into combat. He achieved them all. Then the mortar round landed five feet away, blasting away his sight.

"Once you're blind, you have to set new goals," Castro said.

He set them higher.

Not content with just staying in the Army, he is the only blind officer serving in the Special Forces — the small, elite units famed for dropping behind enemy lines on combat missions.

As executive officer of the 7th Special Forces Group's headquarters company in Fort Bragg, Castro's duties don't directly involve combat, though they do have him taking part in just about everything that leads up to it.

"I am going to push the limits," the 40-year-old said. "I don't want to go to Fort Bragg and show up and sit in an office. I want to work every day and have a mission..." (source)

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