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Week 2 Federspiel

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This is Week 2 journal entry from Isaac Federspiel, who is a student reporter for the War: Through Their Eyes, Vol. 3, Warriors & Students multimedia project.
Week 2 Federspiel

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My first meeting with my soldier went well. His name is Dustin Hackbarth, 27, and he’s served a total three tours in Iraq, and will possibly be deployed again before since he plans to retire from the military after 20 years of service.

Even though I’ve met a myriad of different vets, I always expect them to be big, hulking dudes. Dustin doesn’t exactly meet that description. He’s a bit shorter than me (about 6’), and looks remarkably average. If not for the uniform, I would have never guessed he was a veteran.

I got to know quite a bit about him, despite it being only a 30 minute introduction. I was surprised with how many compelling stories Dustin was able to tell in a short amount of time.

I didn’t encounter any problems yet with Dustin being reluctant to speak on a certain issue, but I can tell it will be a definite possibility. When talking about a tense situation, he changes. He speaks slower and looks away. It’s very distinct from his usual, confident self.

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