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Afghan deployment motivates reservist to help poor

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MINDEN, La. -

His deployment to Afghanistan showed him not only a people struggling to achieve independence. Navy reservist William Hill of Minden was also awakened to scenes of extreme poverty. So now in some off-duty time, he's hoping to help the underprivileged in a different country.

"When I deployed to Afghanistan, it really opened my eyes," Hill says.

He's an electrician in his Bossier-based Navy reserve unit. Hill helped build Afghan military bases during his recent deployment -- when he wasn't dodging another rocket attack.

"We had to go to bunkers several times a day," he remembers.

But what Hill also remembers are the children.

"It kind of touched me because where I come from, we don't have much. But we have more than what they have," Hill says. "Like the kids with no shoes. It's 20 degrees outside in the snow and they're running around begging for a dollar. It kind of hits you."

So before Hill goes back to nursing school next fall, he hopes to go on a mission trip to help the poor in another country -- Costa Rica. Despite economic growth, the poverty rate there remains stuck around 20 percent. Hill would be with a medical team of about 50.

"I'll be giving shots, blood pressure, just general health stuff, medicine."

And he'll remain grateful he was born in the USA.

"We have so many opportunities. You just have to grab it," Hill says.

But to help the poor in Costa Rica on that mission trip, Hill needs to raise more than $3,000. If you'd like to donate, click here.

And good luck to Hill, who says he's on track to graduate from Southern Arkansas University's nursing school next spring.

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