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Veterans are wondering whether their sacrifices were worth it as Iraqi Christians are being persecuted as never before and al-Qaida returns.
In the middle of the Iraqi war, the Courtney family discovered kids with terrible heart defects – in a nation with no surviving heart surgeons. And local leaders suspicious of foreigners. What happened next will amaze you.
The US Air Force has been conducting Medical Evacuation operations in Iraq since the outset of the war. It’s a mission they perform with bittersweet determination. The exhilaration of providing such critical support is tempered with the knowledge that someone has potentially suffered a life threatening injury in the line of duty.
Timothy Nein received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions near Salman Pak, Iraq in March of 2005. While escorting a convoy South of Baghdad Timothy Nein's unit was called to defend the personnel, supplies, and themselves when enemy insurgents ambushed the long line of vehicles. After two of his eight man squad were wounded he personally assaulted an enemy position eliminating the threat. He then led another soldier on the assault of the long trenches that their enemy was fighting from. Together the two overcame the enemy and ultimately saved their squad.
Tommy Rieman received the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action while on patrol in Southern Baghdad, Iraq in December of 2003. Tommy Rieman and his squad were on a routine reconnaissance mission in Southern Baghdad when they encountered the enemy and engaged in a firefight. Even after becoming wounded Rieman continued to lead his squad in defeating the enemy force. Only after the enemy was vanquished and he knew his people were safe did he accept treatment for his own wounds.
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Beliefnet honors the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan with this presentation featuring photos from our readers.
A documentary that pays tribute to the unsung heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—the military doctors, nurses, and medics who fight every day to save the lives of soldiers and Marines wounded in battle. Airs on PBS over Memorial Day Weekend.
Losing his leg didn't stop this inspiring Marine from doing his duty or achieving his dream.
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