High School Senior Ready for Bush's Troop Surge

Patrick Dunlap is ready to go and serve his country. (KTRE News Photo)
Patrick Dunlap is ready to go and serve his country. (KTRE News Photo)
Staff Sergeant Raul Narvaez, Army recruiter, says his office continues to exceed enlistment requirements, despite prospect of deployment to Iraq. (KTRE News Photo)
Staff Sergeant Raul Narvaez, Army recruiter, says his office continues to exceed enlistment requirements, despite prospect of deployment to Iraq. (KTRE News Photo)

by Larry Little

Parick Dunlap is a senior at Hudson High School.   After graduation he may join the military. "First I just want to get out of school, but as soon as I do the military is my first option. It will give me a chance to see the world, fight for my country and get me a way into college," says Patrick Dunlap.

It's not a guarantee but Army Recruiter Raul Narvaez says joining the military could mean Patrick would have to fight in the Iraq war to help fulfill President Bush's request for more troops. "It's possible for anybody in any military service to get deployed. It's important to know what you are going to do if that time comes." says Staff Sgt. Raul Narvaez. "If I go to war that's what God's got planned for me, that's what America's got planned for me to fight for my friends, my family, my freedom and that's what I'm going to do," says Dunlap.

Staff Sergeant Narvaez knows freedom comes at a cost. He believes attitudes like Patrick's are the reason his office continues to exceed enlistment requirements. "Most people understand to preserve our freedom it take people in uniform like us everyday wether they are here in office recruiting or it's the infantry men on the ground in Iraq, it takes people in uniform to preserve freedom no matter where in the world they may be," says Narvaez. "if I get over there I'm going to be a little scared, ain't no lying about that, but I'm sure god's got me, he always has and I'm not going to worry about it," says Dunlap.