CAPE CORAL, Fla.- We are hearing from a Southwest Florida veteran who deployed to Iraq, twice. He tells WINK News, U.S. presence overseas won't stop the violence.
"It will never stop, these problems will never stop, they have to stop them themselves," said Iraq War Veteran Thomas Schaeffer.
Iraq War Veteran Thomas Schaeffer witnessed the violence and instability in Iraq first hand.
"I've seen first hand where they have made a difference in other people's lives, but right now there is a void and they need to fill that void and the us is not there answer."
In 2006, he was shipped overseas for one year, and would then be called back for duty in 2008. He says the fact that militants are overrunning much of Iraq and threatening it's capital, is unrest that may never end.
"During my deployments you would see that a lot. You'd come up and there would be trouble with Sunni's and Shiites, it's not new."
Schaeffer says it's time the Iraqi's fight off their militant fighters, but a deteriorating Iraq is struggling to overcome this and do so.
"They should go through the motions to re-train their military, we have trained their leadership, these are situations they should have been trained for, they should know what to do," Schaeffer told WINK News.
But, Schaeffer says the Iraqi's are the ones who need to stand up and fight.
"I believe it's their presidency, their leadership, he needs to handle the situation, their military needs to handle it."
President Obama did say he will not be sending back U.S. troops back in combat, but there are options on the table as to how the U.S. can make a difference.