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Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 5:30pm.

WILMINGTON -- As Veterans Day approaches, New Hanover High students learned about day to day life in Afghanistan from someone with first-hand experience. Friday army pediatrician Tom Martinko spoke to two history classes about his experience in Afghanistan in the past decade. Martinko was stationed in Kandahar where he treated wounded soldiers as well as Afghani children who suffered as a result of the US war against the Taliban. He said he hopes to provide perspective for the teens and instill appreciation for American troops. Dr. Martinko said, "It's not all the guns and the battles. We're doing a lot of humanitarian things and helping out the people and helping them recover after 20 years of war and seven years of drought." Martinko also spoke to the students about the day-to-day life and culture in Afghanistan.

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