“Real heroes … stop in the middle of a sandstorm in Iraq to save a kitten” is the caption that accompanies a photo worth a thousand more words than that. Nestled in the arms of a uniformed soldier is a tiny kitten. But what’s the story behind the meme?
It was originally posted on the Real Men Love Animals Facebook page, and at the time of this posting, it has recieved 9,677 likes and 2,840 shares. And that’s only counting that post — each of those shares and likes has more likes that go with them. It has been spotted all over the place!
It’s a wonderful picture of a heart-warming good deed, and we tracked down the man in the photo. He turns out to be the husband of one of the readers of my blog, a reader who has become a good friend of mine.
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Staff Sgt. Jarrod K. of the U.S. Air Force gave us the story of how he and his fellow soldiers stopped everything to rescue a tiny kitten in the middle of a sandstorm in Iraq.
Jarrod was deployed to southern Iraq in 2007 as a .50-caliber machine gunner. His job was to patrol off base for 14 hours a day, six days a week. No matter what the weather, they were out there.
During a particularly bad sandstorm, he spotted what looked like a little muddy ball squirming around in a trash pile on the side of the road. The movement got the crewmembers’ attention, so they stopped and got out for a closer look.