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A dog freaks out over a soldier’s return from Iraq in this touching video. The dog freaks out when the soldier (their father) returns from war after an extended leave in Iraq. Although I don’t know the full story behind the soldier’s return, the dog’s reaction to his return is really adorable!
Matt and Tracy Keil are exploring new adventures after a sniper’s bullet left Matt without the use of his arms and legs.
Keil is an Iraq War Veteran who nearly died in Iraq. His injuries left him a quadraplegic.
With his wife Tracy’s encouragement, Matt is facing his fear of the deep.
“I was nervous because I’m not sure how my regulator is going to work if my mask is going to fill up with water. Am I going to start choking on water?” said Keil.
Tracy is a certified diver. Now, she is hoping this could open up a new world for Matt.
“Always chair, couch, bed, shower, that’s it. So this is a nice opportunity for him to spend a little bit of time out of the chair,” said Tracy.
Matt’s volunteer helpers from Craig Hospital eased him around the shallow end of the pool.
One volunteer said it’s an amazing practice in trust. “Imagine you can’t move anything and somebody puts a regulator in your mouth, a mask on your face, and says ’all right, we’re going to go underwater now,’ that’s trust.”
“Once I got comfortable it just seemed natural, it seemed fun. I was like, let’s go to the deep end right now! I’m ready, I’m ready for it,” said Keil.
“You’re floating in the water and doing something like this let’s you know even though you’re paralyzed and disabled, you can still go out and scuba dive. You can do anything,” said Keil.
Watch this story: Soldier Wounded In Iraq Dives Into New Adventure
U.S Navy Captain Robert Lansden recently dropped in on a kindergarten class in Basra, Iraq.
“I want to thank them for being such beautiful children,” he told a translator.
The children may not realize it, but Lansden played a vital role in the rebuilding of their classrooms.
For Lansden, a naval reservist, it’s been an unlikely journey that began on August 29th, 2005. The day Katrina hit his hometown of New Orleans, Lansden was captain of the U.S.N.S. Pollux, a merchant marine ship docked on the riverfront for repairs.
“I knew the city,” he recalled. “I was from there. I knew the high ground from the low ground.”
The Pollux happened to be marooned in New Orleans as Katrina roared ashore, undergoing repairs. Its engines were out, but it was loaded with several hundred thousand gallons of diesel fuel and fresh water. In a city that could not function, the Pollux was an island of modern convenience.
“I saw my own city destroyed,” Lansden remembers, “and I worked really hard to help bring that city back up.”
Only miles from the Pollux, the situation at West Jefferson Medical Center was in sharp contrast. For days, the hospital staff and patients suffered with no electricity and no running water.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Robert Lansden showed up at the hospital, offering help.
“I was blessed to have that ability and to have ridden through the storm, to already be there,” he says.
Lansden got permission from his navy bosses to share his supplies: diesel, water, even the ship itself. Dialysis machines and close to a dozen dialysis patients were actually loaded up from West Jeff and driven to the Pollux.
After the Katrina experience, Lansden volunteered for duty in another country in need of rebuilding. Today, he is director of CMOC, the U.S. Army’s Civil Military Operations Center, which rebuilds roads, schools and public buildings in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.
Read more and watch this great story about a great man — a true hero: La. National Guardsman saves lives during Katrina and in Iraq
Staff Sergeant Timothy Scott was able to welcome in son, Brody Cole, into the world Friday even though he was a thousand miles away from the hospital.
Scott was able to witness the birth form the frontlines in Iraq thanks to a satellite network.
Watch that story: Soldier Virtually Present For Son’s Birth