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Christopher Mack, Gulf War Veteran, disabled but still glad he served

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He still suffers to this day and night, from his duty in the first Gulf War in 1991. But, Christopher Mack of Linden, Texas says that he would do it all over again.

"I like action" says Mack.

Christopher Mack spends most of his time watching action TV since he was wounded in action in the first Gulf War. He is disabled with a badly swollen and painful knee along with mysterious bumps on his arm and an itchy skin condition that is possibly from the burning oil fields he was exposed to. He doesn't know, he just knows he hurts.

"It's hard for me to sleep at night" says Mack.

He's a long way from that star football and track athlete from Linden, Texas who was on an athletic scholarship at University of Arkansas at Monticello when he decided that school wasn't for him. Nope, instead, he would rather serve his country like other relatives including his step-father who was in World War II. Mack decided to join the army.

Then, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990.

"They said we're going to Saudi Arabia. Wow, that was kind of a shocker then" recalls Mack.

Mack was among the United States led allies sent to drive the Iraqis out. It may have looked easy, a hundred hour ground war, but it wasn't. Not for Mack. He remembers having to fix a tank in trouble in the heat of battle.

"They were shooting while I was inside that tank on the move. There was hot rounds dropping on the floor. I was inside trying to get the transfer pump to get the fuel to work" says Mack.

The tank lurched forward and Mack fell down inside. He was banged up, but he finished the war and later he learned he had cracked his kneecap that he still struggles with today. Then there's the PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, from being under attack and seeing fellow troops go down including one of his friends.

Mack recalls that time. "It still haunts me, seeing my friend, a guy we carried around on our track for 3 or 4 days in a body bag."

But despite the pain, lost sleep and lots of pills, Christopher Mack says he would do it all over again.

"I learned a lot and it made me the guy I am today as far as I'm a Patriotic person" says Mack.

Christopher Mack gets by with his military pension and disability payments and lots of medication. When he does get out, you'll probably see him proudly wearing one of his desert storm caps.

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