When i think of people that I've looked up to in my life, I can't think of very many. One of those that I have in my life happens to be alot younger than me. It seemed like he had just graduated from high school and was on a plane for basic training. The day he and sagent dugger got into the car and pulled out of the driveway was a day filled with sorrow, laughter, doubt and hope! It's been nearly 3 years now and my lil bro has seen the world and seen many horrible things. He's had good and bad times while serving this country and is a veteran at only 21 yrs old. LCPL Timothy Kozfkay served 11.5 months in Iraq as a point man, demolitions, mortar man and things that he and I don't like to talk about. He told us stories about sleeping on the desert sands w/ camel spiders and how he felt about his first kill. He rarely slept and was lucky to wash up even if it was with bottled water. He took a bullet in the back from a ricochet and kept it a secret from the family so that he did'nt worry us but shared horrific stories about things he had to deal with over seas. I just wanted to let everyone know how lucky they are to be in this country. The next time you're in a traffic jam, be thankfull your not in full gear sitting behind a 50 cal. weapon in 110 degree heat for hours. Be thankful that our average work day is around 8-10 hours, he dose'nt get a day off let alone a short work day. Be thankful our kids can go outside and play without fear of I.E.D's and crossfire or stray bullets. I know that I'm grateful that I can have a bible in my possesion without being beheaded or imprisoned. I could go on and on with a vast amount of opinions and short stories but would rather leave it short and simple. My lil bro still has just over a year to go before his so called contract is up and I think it's way too long. We have thousands and thousands of our nations loved ones fighting for not only our freedom, but the worlds freedom. Here are a few pics of a true hero and stand up citizen of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. God bless all of our troops!............Rick.