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Rector, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

The Other Side of War From a Soldier's Perspective

MAY 26, 2006 -- POSTED AT 5:00 P.M. CDT  

RECTOR, AR -- The war on terrorism has remained the subject of debate among many in recent years. Keith nations, an Army Reservist from the 391st unit, just returned from his time in Afghanistan. He tells a different story, one about the positive side of war.

"We few. We happy few. We band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."

A famous Shakespeare quote that Nations, a small town guy from Rector, Arkansas says he knew nothing about, but when he went to war to fight for our country, he says it all made sense.

"The people that you serve with are like awesome people, just awesome people. You've never seen them before, but when get over there and you go outside the wire, you're going to count on that man or woman to watch your back, and you're going to watch their back. You can count on that every time," says Keith Nations, who returned home from Afghanistan last month.

The camaraderie shared between the American soldiers and the positive side of the U.S. Campaign is something that Nations feels should be given more light.

"We're fighting to save each others lives and we're fighting for millions of people over there to stay free. We're fighting to take out the Taliban, the Al-Qaeda, so finally people can live in peace. I can see that and there are a lot of soldiers over there that can see that too," says Nations.

He said he remembers 9-11 and the reason most of America originally supported the war. It's a support he says has faded, and from a soldier's perspective, that's definitely disappointing. He remembers the motto he shares with his fellow soldiers while overseas at war: "Freedom doesn't come free. We all must pay the price."

However, that price is not always the loss of life; it's about achieving a goal that doesn't usually happen overnight.

"It doesn't take a year to take somebody out. It takes longer. It's not going to take 30 days and then bring your boys and women back home with nobody hurt. It's a war," says Nations.

To Nations, being an American soldier is selfless and with all the luxuries in life, it's not a job many are willing to do.

"That's our job. We are American soldiers. We go and do what people fear to do. We sign our names on that line, not just to sit back here and draw a paycheck," says Nations.

Nations says as his time in Afghanistan came to a close, he finally began to see hope. He says the people aren't running from their government anymore. They're finally beginning to stand on their own and that's something he says is because of the efforts of true American soldiers.

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