March 13th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
13 years ago

King: Veterans' stories show cost of military service

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Chris Tucker, who was discharged from the Army last year, says he feels like he's still serving his country as a police officer.."]SAVANNAH, Georgia (CNN) - As his tank rolled into Baghdad in April 2003, Chris Tucker mounted his camera to capture the moment.

"It's history; we made history," he told CNN back then. "It's my first war, hopefully my last war."

He could not have imagined then that six years later, Iraq would still be a combat zone.

"I thought we would get there quick and handle our business and we'd be out," Tucker told us this week. "At least, that's what we were told anyway."

Tucker received a medical discharge from the Army last year and he now is Officer Chris Tucker of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

"You still get to serve your community and your country in other ways," he said.

At age 26, he is a veteran of three combat tours. The patrol skills he learned on the streets of Baghdad, Fallujah and Sadr City come in handy as he drives his police cruiser around the neighborhoods of his Savannah precinct.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Susan Goldstein

    God bless you and keep you safe

    March 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. B.H.

    What a waste, and look where we are now.....
    We can only hope a international war crimes tribunal is waiting for Bush and Co.

    March 13, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Get Well Soon GOP

    They could hav learned him how to be a cop without invading Iraq.

    March 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Todd

    Get Well Soon, you don't have to rob your brother!! Obama's going to rob him for you!!!

    March 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Patrick - Indianapolis

    ari from virginia:

    when was the last time we fought a war to preserve our way of life? WWII???

    Yeah, sounds about right. Everything else since then has been a political fiasco. We are the worlds enemy. We are the plague. History will be glad to forget us if we don't change our ways.

    March 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    Generations of conservatives and free Iraqis to come will thank you Tucker.., even if generations of liberals don't.

    March 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    Thank you Mr. Tucker, for your service to your country and the service your community. You are a fine American!

    March 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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