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Local Iraq War veterans have mixed feelings about Iraq crisis
Greece, N.Y. - Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Ryan Hackett deployed to Iraq in 2006.
"People would come up and shake our hands," said Hackett when asked about his deployment. "We worked with the Iraqi Police and they were happy to have us there and we trained them a little bit."
Hackett's deployment was cut short when the Humvee he was driving was hit by a roadside bomb.
"It was hidden in a sewer so it went off hit the vehicle we ended up crashing through a lot of road blocks," he said. "We finally came to a stop in a guy's house, pretty much."
Hackett lost his left leg in the accident. He received a Purple Heart for his sacrifice.
Now retired, married and on track to get a master's degree in English, Hackett can't help but be discouraged about the current conflict in Iraq.
"It's been frustrating to me because so many guys have bled and died in that land and it seems like it's going back to the people who were trying to keep from taking power in the first place," he said.
Hackett hopes something can be done to stop the insurgents, but doesn't know what.
"If they can figure out a way to do it without sending guys in that would be good, but if we need to send in a temporary provisional force and just keep them there for security purposes, then I wouldn't have a problem with that either," he said.
Retired U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Amy Folwell said that under no circumstances should the U.S. send more troops into Iraq.
"How long can we fight a war and continue to loose troops? Our president has said numerous times he will pull us out and we are still there. We have spent billions on vehicles, chow halls, and facilities and now they are benefiting from it. Both Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are dead. Let the Government of Iraq and Afghanistan fight their own battles. America has enough issues of our own. Bring our troops home. The constant rotation and increasing numbers of PTSD and suicide among veterans is only increasing, and affecting thousands of families," said Folwell.