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Two Iraq vets now serving as New York lawmakers

On the 10th Annivesary of the US Invasion of Iraq, Capital Region bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with two Iraq war veterans who are now political leaders.

105th District Assemblyman Kieran Lalor was with one of the first Marine Corps units in Iraq, based out of Albany. He explains his batallion had been activated the year after 9 eleven, but stayed stateside until being discharged from active duty in 2002, only to be mobilized again in March 2003.

With an army career spanning 24 years, Chris Gibson, who represents New York 19th District in the United States Congress, served 4 combat tours to Iraq.
In addition the fallen U.S. service members. 134,000 Iraqi civilians died during the years of conflict. Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies issued a report last week, calculated the cost of the Iraq war at almost 4 Trillion dollars.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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