Blind Special Forces soldier: determined to serve
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – When Capt. Ivan Castro joined the Army, he set goals: to jump out of planes, kick in doors and lead soldiers into combat. He achieved them all. Then the mortar round landed five feet away, blasting away his sight. “Once you’re blind, you have to set new goals,” Castro said.
He set them higher.
Not content with just staying in the Army, he is the only blind officer serving in the Special Forces—the small, elite units famed for dropping behind enemy lines on combat missions.
“I am going to push the limits,” said the 40-year-old executive officer at the 7th Special Forces Group’s headquarters company in Fort Bragg. “I don’t want to go to Fort Bragg and show up and sit in an office. I want to work every day and have a mission.”
Frankly Tex, I’m tickled you commented, please do more commenting. 🙂
June 30, 2008, 11:28 am at 11:28 am
I hold people like this in absolute awe.