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Return to Iraq: Wisconsin Veteran Goes Back With New Goal

Even though he has already fought on the front lines in the war in Iraq and suffered a severe injury there, a Wisconsin veteran is going back to serve in a new capacity.

Though this Madison lawyer and lobbyist sustained a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, he's returning to help Iraqi law students in a competition.

WISC-TV reports that the international law attorney will help students in a mock trial competition.

After being deployed to Iraq after the 2003 invasion, this member of the Wisconsin National Guard was part of a convoy when his life was changed by an explosion of an IED.

"I just missed it," he told the TV station of the bomb. "The vehicle behind me hit it. The concussion [from] it knocked me out. [I] had a traumatic brain injury."

Despite that injury, he's going back to help students learn how the law can help people settle disputes peacefully.

He says the legal competition is the sort of event he believes never could have taken place before the U.S. invaded Iraq, when dictator Saddam Hussein ruled the nation with laws bent to his needs and desires.

The legal case the competition will be dealing one is a fictional one involving government dishonesty and war; very real themes the students are undoubtedly familiar with already.

The law contest in the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq will bring together competitors who are Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis, the lawyer said.

This spring, the winner will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in an international competition.

Source: WISC-TV: "Local Vet Returns To Iraq With New Mission": December 2, 2010

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