Local veteran reacts to news of troops leaving Afghanistan - FOX 13 News

Local veteran reacts to news of troops leaving Afghanistan

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - During a surprise Memorial Day weekend visit to Afghanistan, President Obama reiterated the plan to bring all combat troops home by the end of the year.

"America's war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end," said President Obama. "For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan, and by the end of this year, the transition will be complete and Afghans will take complete responsibility for their security, and our combat mission will be over."

The exact date is unknown, but thousands of military men and women cheered his message.

The President also talked about honoring their service this Memorial Day and touched on businesses hiring veterans who returned home, like Nathan Miller.

"I deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 until 2011 with the 541 sapper company," Miller explained. "My job was roadside clearance, finding IED's. We would go from forward operating base to forward operating base clearing the route."

His job now is much easier without the stress of exploding mines. Miller works part-time delivering pizzas while getting through school.

He calls Afghanistan the best and worst time of his life.

"It'll turn an 18-year-old into a grown man within a month," Miller said.

He agrees with leaving Afghanistan, but is skeptical of the security of the country and its future.

"I'm afraid that it will turn out just like Iraq did. It feels like the thousands of brothers that passed bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq was almost for not. That's my fear that we lose everything we were trying to do in the last decade," said Miller.

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