Mosul, Iraq- When Rusty Morris decided that he wanted to join the Army, he didn?t know exactly what he wanted to do.
But he knew it had come time for him to join up and do his part.
?We are fighting terrorism and I didn?t want to sit home agreeing and not doing my part,? said the 27 year old 1st Lieutenant from Tennessee.
Lieutenant Rusty Morris is now on the front lines, leading a unit of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. His unit is a 21 man scout platoon that operates on the streets of Mosul.
Its all about doing his part, according to Morris.
?Sometimes you can be part of something better, part of history, to do a big thing in our world,? said Lieutenant Morris.
Soldiers that are serving in Iraqi will often tell similar stories. They believe in the mission, in the cause and in the war, and they do not hesitate to tell people so.
Another reason often is economic. ?I wanted a lifestyle for my family that was better,? said Specialist Jeremy Epps. Epps makes a steady paycheck, has health insurance for his family, and knows that they will be okay.
Epps worked back in Indiana as a carpenter but went through a series of layoffs.