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Ryan Casper pointing to Afghanistan on the map. The Ellsworth High School teacher spent nine months there as part of a military mission.

An enlightening experience

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When Ryan Casper first set foot in Afghanistan, he couldn't help notice the way of life.

"With their lack of infrastructure, the standard of living was much worse than Iraq," he said. "It was like the Middle Ages."


Casper spent nine months in the country from September 2008 through last June as part of a military mission, where he helped assist Afghan medical personnel with their military.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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