Veterans who served in the middle east, and the parent of a soldier who is fighting there now, are rejoicing in the death of Osama Bin Laden, master-mind of the Sept. 11th attacks on the U.S. and other actions against America.
"I am so proud of our country, and I knew that eventually we would get Bin Laden," said Jerry Rousey, who spent 22 years in the Army, most of it rooting out terror cells in the Middle East. Now he is commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in North Fort Myers. Rousey has a silver star and two bronze stars for his service to his country.
"I beleive the fight will get tougher for a while. The terrorists will want to strike back against Americans anywhere in the world. I worry for our troops over there. They will have to be on guard for sure," said Rousey.
"I am so happy he is dead and I hope this will bring my son home, sooner," said Skip Mufalli, owner of the dollar store in downtown Ft. Myers. His son Justin is a Major in Army special operations. Justin is serving his eighth tour of duty in Iraq.
"I grew up in New York City and it pains me every day to think of the damage that this man Bin Laden did to the city I love. It hurts me in my heart. But I also know those people hate Americans and want to kill us. Our way of life offends them. They want women to cover themselves and be subject to punishment if they show their arms. We have to defeat them," said Mufalli.
Pete Nicholsen, state commander of the VFW, says he too is proud that the U.S. mission had success. "I wanted to drape the flag around my shoulders this morning and run around the block! I hope this will re-kindle some pride and patriotism among Americans, much as we saw after September 11th in 2001. But I believe they will try to attack us again, we will have to be ready," Nicholsen told WINK News.