Kentucky National Guardsmen (#102)
Kentucky National Guardsmen Jason Mike and Joe Rivera discuss their experiences in Iraq.
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Joe Rivera and Jason Mike, both of Radcliffe, were stationed in Iraq for a year, returning home in October 2005. While on patrol in Baghdad in March 2005, their unit was attacked by insurgents. Rivera was seriously wounded in the ensuing battle and was awarded the Purple Heart as well as the Army Commendation Medal With Valor. Mike has received the Silver Star.
In the interview, both men also discussed their commitment to service to country. Rivera, who had already served a tour on active duty with the Army, enlisted in the National Guard following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.