As of April 2014, 6,802 American troops have died fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The loss is immense. The impact is heartbreaking. And Bill Krissoff knows this more than most people.
When Bill’s son, First Lt. Nathan Krissoff of Reno, Nev., was killed in Iraq a year ago, Bill needed to find a way to honor his son and to try to fill the void. Being an orthopedic surgeon, he decided to enlist in the Navy Medical Corps hoping to be assigned to Iraq. People thought he was too old to be considered for enlistment at 61 years old, let alone be sent to Iraq. With all the red tape to get a waiver, it could take over a year.
Bill took every step necessary, and one day fate struck. When Bill and his wife were invited to meet President Bush, he got his big break. At the time, the President was known for meeting with families of fallen soldiers across the country. When the President asked if he or his staff could in any way help anyone, Bill comically presented his request to President Bush.
Watch the video below to see how it all unfolds. There are those who may think Bill is crazy for leaving a successful orthopedic practice in the States to go to war. Bill, however, says it’s an honor.
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