Iraq war veteran to stress importance of military service
Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Timothy Snyder has marked Aug. 13 on his calendar for the past two years.
That’s when Snyder, 31, of Scottdale has had dinner with medically retired Army Spec. Jeremy Jackson, 29, of Hempfield.
Snyder helped save Jackson from a gunshot wound Jackson suffered on that date in 2005 while the two were serving as members of Alpha Company in Iraq.
“I still meet with him … every year,” said Snyder, who will be the featured speaker at the Veterans Day event held by Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post 446 at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans Park in the borough.
Jackson was shot in his left arm as he drove a vehicle in which Snyder was a passenger during a patrol in the area of Mudiq in the country’s Al Anbar Province. The vehicle had come under enemy fire.
Snyder — a civilian paramedic since 1997 — quickly performed first aid on Jackson while the vehicle was still under fire.
“I didn’t do anything any other soldier with the training I received wouldn’t have done,” Snyder said.
Snyder’s treatment helped sustain Jackson until he could be transported to a field hospital for further medical treatment.
“After I got injured, they sent me back to the States. I contacted him and met up with him,” Jackson said. “I owe that guy my life.”
While Snyder’s actions garnered him military honor, he said he will not highlight his personal experience during Thursday’s event.
“I’m going to talk about why we’re assembled there at the memorial — the fact that our nation’s still a nation at war,” Snyder said. “Lots of young people, just like their fathers and fathers before them, have answered the call again and again. We need to remember that.”
Snyder remains on active duty in the Army National Guard. He works full time at the National Guard Readiness Center just outside Mt. Pleasant as a readiness noncommissioned officer. He is also a member of the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post 446.
“This is the first National Guardsman we’ve had speak,” said William Lozier, the post’s finance director. “These young people who have served in Iraq are really amazing.”