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Soldier Saves Kitten from Iraqi Sandstorm

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Soldier Saves Kitten from Iraqi Sandstorm

“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.

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This post was written by Dorian Wagner, contributor to Catster Magazine.

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7:16AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank you Catster, for Sharing this!

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12:59AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

good and nice to hear,thank you for sharing

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1:53PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Oh my, fortunate kitty, thanks!

3:36PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Wouldn't it be great if we could find out if this cat is still being cared for at the camp.

1:58PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Where is Nala now? Hopefully, she isn't left behind to fend for herself!

8:35PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Thats so so beautiful... In the face of war the innocent pay the worst .Thank you for not losing your sense of empathy and staying true to your heart ..Goddess smiles on you and yours!!!

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