Lafayette

Feb 14, 2013 7:27 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

56-Year-Old Deployed To Afganistan


Even at age 56, one man in Lafayette is ready for his fourth deployment of his military career. Sergeant Henry Valldejuli will leave for Afghanistan with his Platoon at the end of the month. He says he'll fight for his country, no matter what age.

"It's hard on me because after my third time you would think I wouldn't have to go through this anymore, but I'm proud to do it, and I'm willing to go," SSG. Valldejuli said.

He leaves Lafayette next Wednesday for drills, and will arrive in Afghanistan by the end of February. Sergeant Valldejuli is a Platoon leader.

"I'm ready for anything but you're always scared. Scared and have in the back of your mind, you know, "What if?" That's what I have to stop doing so much is, "What if?"

"I know he's a wonderful solider and I want the best for everyone who's going to be there. I know he's going to come back, but it's difficult. I'm a mama you know," Henry's mother Ana Valldejuli said.

The soon-to-be grandfather says he's proud to serve his country.

"I love it, I could be 92, 96 and if I could still pull a trigger, I'm still there. It's just the way I am, the way I've been built," SGG. Valldejuli said.

He says he'll always be there for his country.

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