Iraqi Refugee Becomes US Marine

Good story, sent by way of Tango Seven-Six hisself:

Lance Cpl. Amanda Issa — who as a teenager fled the violence of her native Mosul ahead of the arrival of the Islamic State — now proudly wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor of her childhood heroes, a coveted distinction earned a day after becoming a U.S. citizen.

“I was one of those kids that always ran after the Humvees,” the 21-year-old laughed about growing up in Iraq’s second-largest city after the ousting of Saddam Hussein. “There were a lot of [American] military there — Army, Navy — but the Marines were different.”

The Marines, she recalled, always acted more polite, friendly and professional than others — and they were more fit.

Welcome aboard, Marine.

Über vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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