Soldiers were inspired by 9/11 as teens

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 6:56 PM

YAKIMA, Wash. -- U.S. Army Captain Ryan Garrow was in high school on September 11, 2001.

"I'm from western New York so it wasn't that far from my house," said Garrow, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who is training on Apache helicopters in Yakima this week.

"It (9/11) just made me want to serve, do my job for the country," said Garrow.

"I was in middle school when it happened," said Specialist Andrew Anthony.

Anthony, who served as a sniper in Afghanistan, said he planned on joining the Army long before the terrorist attacks.

Their commander, Major General Stephen Lanza was already an officer in 2001.

Lanza said he has a "tremendous" amount of respect for those who joined the military after 9/11.

"Our young soldiers, our young leaders have volunteered to serve and joined the military knowing they were going to combat," said Lanza.

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