I remember one night we camped out on the Iraq-Kuwait border on the way in. I’m there in my sleeping bag on a cot in the middle of dry, nothing desert. No landmark, no land features, nothing.
I’m in my sleeping bag, zipped up over my head, and looking at my GPS, and zooming in to see where I was in the world at that moment. [That] was kind of a whoa moment. That was the first time when I saw myself right there.
We’re in these people’s backyard right now. What’s really protecting us now? Right now, right here, right on the cusp of it all. It was all building up to that moment.
Justin Savage was activated on December 7th, 2003 to serve in Mosul, Iraq with the Illinois Army National Guard as a Public Affairs Specialist until February 15th, 2005. Today, he works with Prevail Health Solutions, creators of Vets Prevail and Warriors Prevail.