A Debt of Gratitude
While enjoying a few hours at the gun range, the Range Officer shared that he had been 27 months in theater in Afghanistan in special operations. He had been in three different vehicles blown up by improvised roadside mines. Seven of his ten patrol members were killed during this time. He broke his back, falling off a descent line out of a Chinook helicopter, and had qualified for three purple hearts. The doctor said he had the body of a man 20 years older than his actual age. Yet his enthusiasm for his time in the military, all 24 years, was palpable. He said, "I enjoyed every minute and would gladly do it all again."
Buffalo A1 MRAP Mine Detection Vehicle, Courtesy of Wikipedia