Local soldier tells encouraging stories from Iraq - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Local soldier tells encouraging stories from Iraq

(Courtesy Larry Hubbard) (Courtesy Larry Hubbard)
(Courtesy Larry Hubbard) (Courtesy Larry Hubbard)
(Courtesy Larry Hubbard) (Courtesy Larry Hubbard)
(Courtesy Larry Hubbard) (Courtesy Larry Hubbard)
(Courtesy Larry Hubbard) (Courtesy Larry Hubbard)

From his home computer in Collierville, Larry Hubbard looked at pictures his brother Benny e-mailed from Iraq, and talked about what the army sergeant says is often missing from war coverage.

"I talked to him on the phone the other day, and you know he said, 'for what you see on TV is not the experience we having here. Basically we are going out we are helping people.'"

Helping, like in pictures that show Sergeant Hubbard and others in his engineering unit passing out school supplies to smiling Iraqis.  Other pictures show the school soldiers are building in the background, as well as other ways the troops are helping.

Hubbard said his brother Benny could have retired from the Army Reserves in April, but instead he chose to ship out that month for duty in Iraq.

"He says, 'I'm fine here, and the days are moving pretty fast,'" he said.

According to Hubbard, all U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq need our support.

"It's a dangerous place to be. "Anytime there is a war going on its dangerous, but for the fact that they are over there helping other people, and that's the part that I think most Americans don't understand," he said.

Hubbard said he didn't support the war at first, but after dozens of e-mails and phone calls from his brother, he's convinced that the U.S. can do something good in a country where so many bad things have happened.

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