30th Infantry Provides Wheelchair To Local Lady
Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq
Coalition Forces recently stepped up to the plate and swung away, giving a wheelchair and mobility to a young Iraqi woman who suffers with a disease preventing her from walking.
Troops from First Battalion, Thirtieth Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry from Georgia presented a wheelchair to fifteen-year-old Suha Hussein Yas.Â Ms. Yas has a disease, which in effect is very similar to polio, and is unable to walk hardly at all.
This condition has been in place for Hussein Yas since her birth.
â€œThis has been one of the best and coolest things we have been a part of yet,â€ said First Lieutenant Greg Highstrom, the Support Officer for Company B.Â â€œWe were wanting to help build a rapport and good relationship with local citizens, and our soldiers began to move out into the communityâ€ said Lt. Highstrom.
When they encountered Ms. Hassein Yas, soldiers urged that the Battalion take on her situation and help.Â Command eventually agreed and the Battalion was able to obtain a wheelchair for Yas.
Working with the local citizens has yielded high dividends, and promises to continue to make life smoother for both citizens and coalition troops alike.Â â€œThe huge smile on this girlâ€™s face was very awesome, it just affects you,â€ said Highstrom.
Meeting with the community, the Troops and their leadership plan to continue to work within the community to help in different ways.Â By helping is a support role; the soldiers are slowly winning the minds and hearts of the local citizens.