Soldier injured in Iraq says no more tours
After her son was injured and hospitalized in Iraq earlier this month, Kelly Moyer began hearing him say his current tour in the war-torn country would be his last.
If U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Muessig, 25, a 2000 Nevada Union High School graduate, follows through with his plan to leave the Army after his current Iraq tour – his second – is up in October, his mother would be happy. Muessig has about one more year in the Army.
“That doesn’t sound very American but he’s my only child,” said Moyer.
Muessig was riding in a Stryker vehicle May 10 in Baqubah as part of his duty going from home to home, checking for insurgents, when an explosive device went off in the roadway.
The Stryker vehicles have been somewhat controversial because some claim they are vulnerable to powerful roadside attacks.
A good friend, the Stryker vehicle driver, was killed and seven others – including Muessig himself – were injured, Moyer said.
Muessig suffered a concussion, flash burns to his face, arms and right leg and also was struck in the face by shrapnel, said Moyer. He was hospitalized in Baqubah for a little more than a day, she said.
After that he was given time for rest and relaxation, where he remained late last week, his mother said.
“He was sent to Baghdad to one of Saddam’s old palaces,” Moyer said, referring to the convicted and executed former Iraqi dictator.
Ever since that incident, Moyer thinks she’s hearing from a different man than the one who seemingly always wanted to be in the Army.
“He talked up a storm,” Moyer said, describing a conversation a day after the incident in an e-mail to friends. “For all of us who know him, you know that is a rare thing,” she wrote.
In phone conversations, her son has told her he’s seen enough in Iraq to know he wants to return to civilian life, Moyer said.
Muessig wants to go to college and study psychology so he can help soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress, Moyer said.
At least that’s what Muessig is saying now, Moyer said.
But Moyer heard similar statements after her son’s first Iraq tour of duty.
“I want to believe it,” Moyer said. “I’m hoping he doesn’t get over this scare.”
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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