Tue | Aug 4, 2020

US gave me opportunity for a good life

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:13 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The United States (US) celebrates its national Independence Day on July 4. I would like to share with the American people my gratitude for letting me (a refugee) live in the US.

Without a doubt, moving to America saved my life. Before leaving my country, my life was on a downward spiral. I was heading to prison, a mental institution or an early grave.

My life was heading down the wrong road: drugs, alcohol and crime. By moving to America, my life took a different trajectory for the better. Having discovered in America that I have a learning disability, I was able to overcome it.

Going back to school to get my high-school diploma was my first challenge. Attending university was my next obstacle to overcome. Next, it was the United States Army Basics Training School.

Having successfully overcome get these hurdles, my greatest hurdle was yet to be overcome, service to America. This I was able to accomplish by being deploying three times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

As America celebrated its 244th independence, I just wanted to let Americans know how much I love America, and how grateful I am for the opportunity to have a good life.

ANTHONY PANTLITZ