Army veteran reflects on war with Afghanistan after President Biden announces troops will be withdrawn early
MADISONVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would withdraw remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by August 31. The date is a few weeks earlier than the original September 11 deadline.
U.S. Army veteran Michael Trost, who was there, reflects on the 20 Years War, saying it’s a time in history we should all learn from.
âWe did our job. I was sent there to do a job and I did. But you can’t stay somewhere for 20 years and that’s the definition of insanity, right? Try again and again and try to get a different result. I think for future generations they will have to look at what we did right and what we did wrong. Said Trost.
Michael devoted a year of his time to this war, making significant sacrifices along the way.
âI received five bullets with a machine gun. I lost my right leg below my knee and I lost two fingers on my right hand and it was my big toe and part of my foot that they sowed on my hand. And it was a bad day, âTrost said.
Life after Afghanistan has been much quieter. These days, Trost takes care of his farm and spends time with his wife.
âI take all of my energies and put them in that direction and this is my saving grace, this is my therapy,â Trost said.
“I think if we could teach the children who are now arriving in Afghanistan all this experience in Afghanistan, it was a noble cause, we tried to go and we killed Osama bin Laden, we killed a lot of terrorists who were in there we liberated a bunch of villages. With that, I’m proud of everything I’ve done. I’m proud of everything my guys have done for me and with me, “Trost said.