Veteran Talks about Iraq Experience

Mar 19, 2013

169th Fighter Wing conducts operations at Joint Base Balad
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New York National Guard Sargeant Chris Paiser was deployed to Iraq about three months after the capture of Saddam Hussein.  On June 16th,  2004,  Paiser was at his base’s PX in Balad when a rocket attack caused shrapnel to impact just below his right temple, permanently blinding him. 

Sargeant Chris Paiser was deployed to Iraq beginning in February 2004.  His unit’s job was to provide security at his base and check villages for insurgents.

Chris Paiser does volunteer work with returning veterans.  The Clinton County Veterans’ Services Agency has helped him with health care and disability claims through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.