Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide. When the Winona, Minn. resident returned from the war eight years ago, he was coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD,
Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. “I was thinking, ‘There’s a good chance I could die out here.’ And I obviously came really close,” Weida said. He struggled with what to do with his life when he came home, but now he has a plan to help himself, and veterans just like him. Derek loved everything about the military, especially the brothers and sisters he made as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Memorial Day is especially meaningful for the families, friends and comrades left behind. While Veterans today are reflecting on lives lost during combat, they are also thinking of the families left without loved ones and the pain they endure every day.Their war experiences were different. Landon Steele was a combat medic in Iraq. Chuck Sasse was a flight engineer in World War II. But the emptiness they carry from the loss of their comrades is the same.
The women who make up 16 percent of the Minnesota National Guard are waiting to see if they’ll be assigned to combat units.
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the Pentagon will lift its ban on women serving in direct combat.
Marine Capt. Reserve Zoe Bedell joins Chad to discuss her role in the lawsuit to allow women in combat.
A 20-year-old medic from the southern Minnesota town of Madelia who joined the U.S. Army to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor has died while serving in Iraq, relatives said.