An enlightening experience
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.
This was the second mission overseas for the Ellsworth High School social studies teacher. In 2004-2005, Casper was a commander of a ground ambulance company in Iraq.
Along the way, Casper also established another Hearts and Minds tour to a downtrodden Afghanistan school.
For more please read the Oct. 7 print version of the Herald.