October 7, 2004
From: National Iranian American Council, NIAC
FIRST IRANIAN-AMERICAN SOLDIER KILLED IN IRAQ:
SOLDIERS BREAKS DOWN STEREOTYPES OF LOYALTY AND PATRIOTISM
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help someone’s soul heal.”
Washington DC, October 7, 2004 -- The war
in Iraq is on the mind of all Americans, particularly the Iranian-American
Daily reports on the loss of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians,
as well as the disturbing abuse of prisoners, brings about
an unrelenting sense of loss and grief. Nevertheless, since the
violence is so
far from America’s shores, the war may appear distant or
slightly unreal for some Americans.
Unfortunately, the Iranian-American community, and one Iranian-American
family in particular, was given a serious reminder in late
August of just how close to home this war is being waged. On
27, Army Specialist Omead Razani, 19, a medic in the US Army,
in Habbaniyah, Iraq.
By bravely rushing into battle to treat the wounded, Omead
Razani gave up his life while attempting to save the lives
of his fellow
soldiers. Omead became the first Iranian-American soldier to
fall in Iraq.
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