A former US army sergeant who was awarded a Purple Heart after he was shot in the head by a sniper in Iraq in 2006 says he is proud to be a former soldier who is now in the US military.
“I was never ashamed of my service, but I never thought that I would be in the military,” said Major Anthony Sutter, who spent 13 years in the armed forces.
“Now, it’s time to make the right choice.
I was born to serve the people, and I’m proud to do that.”
Sutter, of Woodbridge, Virginia, is one of three members of the 9th Cavalry Regiment who will auction off their personal items from the war in Iraq at the Carrara Motor Auction, in a bid to raise money for a military charity.
Sutter is one the former soldiers who will be auctioning off their valuables from their service in Iraq, and the other two are Staff Sgt Andrew Daugherty and Staff Sgt Scott Hines.
In August, the three were awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge after they were wounded by a roadside bomb.
“We are the lucky ones,” said Sutter.
“The other three soldiers who are auctioning their personal stuff are veterans.
They’re going to be the heroes of this auction.”
In the past two weeks, the former officers have donated their personal property to various charities, including the US Military Aid Program, Veterans Choice and the US Navy.
Hines, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Virginia, has donated his personal items to the US Marine Corps Memorial Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organisation established in 2008 that supports veterans who have served in the U.S. military.
The three other soldiers will auction their valuations of their military vehicles.
The proceeds from the auction will go to the Veterans Choice Foundation, which has supported veterans for more than 50 years.
The two veterans have donated some of their personal valuals to the foundation as well.
“They’ve donated some really cool pieces of their gear to the veterans’ program,” said Andrew Molloy, the foundation’s executive director.
“The collection is just amazing.
There are some really unique pieces, but they are all personal items.”
Sometime next year, the trio will sell off the four vehicles they have.
“It’s going to have a pretty cool looking car,” said Molloys.
“I can’t wait to see what they have that will make it even better,” said Daughers.