Soldier paid someone to shoot him so he wouldn't have to return to Iraq.

@jbb316 (1779)
United States
July 14, 2007 10:49am CST
All I can say is he has some nerve. He paid someone $500 to shoot him in the leg. His wife was aware of this and helped him lie and file false reports. I am sure they are both facing all kinds of charges. But my question is.. How could he stand there and let someone shoot him? he really has nerve. I guess Iraq must be that bad.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
14 Jul 07
Well I feel so bad for the soldiers that have to be over there in Iraq. A terrible place to be. I cant judge this person for doing this. And I dont know if I would do this if I were in his shoes. I just might. Yes Im sure they are facing charges but he wont have to go back there. Thats the only good thing out of this. I wish him all the best.
• United States
14 Jul 07
I guess so huh. How sad that he would go through all that just so he won't have to be sent back. It clearly shows that it has to be bad out there. You know how many soldiers we've lost so far. I can't even think about it, it's just so sad and I feel for those familes so much.
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@sunshinecup (7880)
14 Jul 07
My brother at the age of 44 is going back for a second tour when he should be receiving his retirement. However our government says if he doesn’t go he won't get it. He has three crushed vertebras in his neck that he received during military exercise. Yet, he has to go. I am sure shooting himself in the foot has crossed his mind a time or two and I think rightfully so. It's not a security mall job over there, people are trying to kill them. People are being killed in front of them or by them. There are so many other things these boys and girls see that my brother will not even go into detail about because he doesn't want to think about it. In short, I can't say I can blame this man, a bullet in the toe and anything our government can dish out, is most likely nothing in comparisoin to Iraq.
@MonAmb (126)
8 Aug 07
Although i can see why he paid somebody to shoot him to prevent him returning to Iraq, i can see that alot of people will see him as a coward. Why join the army if you don't want to go to war? I know for many it is just a way to pay college funds but there are safer jobs out there...He could even go to jail for filing fraudulent reports. I also agree that Iraq must be pretty bad for somebody to pay somebody to shoot them...that's just crazy...
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
16 Jul 07
Theres nothing noble about war its sin and hate at its purest form. It doesnt take much searching to see whats going on isnt pretty its humanity at its ugliest. We think about how many soldiers are killed and what a loss of life it is but have you ever looked at what happens to the children? I can see no greater evil in this world than war no matter how you sugar coat it, its ugly.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I can imagine since the government has a stubborn way about them. Also being mandatory when you are enlisted or join once you are there it can be a problem. Also says something about the person that makes the agreement to serve and then finds some way to get out of it instead of fulfilling his word. I think I would have to see more of this story, if and when it hits our airwaves. Thanks for sharing it with us.
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
14 Jul 07
Hey jbb316, I agree it probably is terrible over there right now & our troops should be home but it's not like they've been drafted it was his choice to join so I hope they get what ever is just. +'s 2 U :D
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
14 Jul 07
I think it is truly horrible that people are forced to take part in this attack or war or conflict. I feel noone should be forced to take part in anything they feel are really wrong - especially something that is not supported by the UN. How desperate he must have been to resort to this. I hope everything goes well for him, and that the couple will be able to resume normal lives as soon as possible.