Local father of service member killed in Afghanistan reacts to troop draw down

Greg Missman
Greg Missman

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - At his home, Jim Missman has a purple heart and a bronze star. He has a flag that adorned Greg Missman's coffin. But he doesn't have Greg.

"I can't bring my son back, no matter what the president does or anybody else does. I've lost my son forever," says Missman.

Greg Missman died in Afghanistan on July 8th, 2009. It was his mother's birthday, and Greg was only 36 years old. He was also a father.

"His outfit was ambushed one day and hit by a rocket propelled grenades and he suffered wounds and passed away about six hours after the ambush," says Missman.

Since then, the last two years have been like a fog for Jim. He tried to keep Greg's memory alive by focusing energy on a memorial scholarship fund in his son's name. He also founded a support group that delivers toys and stuffed animals to kids who've lost parents in the war.

"I think it keeps his memory alive. And as a gold star parent, I've met others that are gold star parents too. Unfortunately in Cincinnati, Greater Cincinnati, we've got close to 70," says Missman of his work.

When Jim got word of President Obama's plan to draw down troops in Afghanistan, he felt hopeful, but just a little.

"It's a drop in the bucket, but it's a start. I always thought that, well, even when Greg was there that we were really in a no win situation," says Missman.

He doesn't want other parents to go through what he has, and he worries that more will as the troops leave.

"We didn't hit the lottery yet," says Missman.

He's a who knows all too well the pain of a ten year war.

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