She could teach a lesson to the whiners and criers wanting entitlements and ‘free education’.
A Georgia high school student is finally getting to thank the American soldier who saved her life, so many years ago when she was just an infant.
Eighteen-year-old Lava Barwari was just a baby in 1996 when American forces participated in Operation Desert Strike in Iraq. The infant, along with her mother, found themselves on Saddam Hussein’s notorious “kill list.”
They were afraid and had to leave the country as quickly as possible. The U.S. arranged papers for Barwari’s mother but, due to a clerical error, baby Lava wasn’t allowed to leave with her.
She nearly had to stay in Iraq, left to the whims of Hussein’s brutal regime.
That’s when an American soldier named Greg Peppin stepped in.
He cradled Lava Barwari in his arms, pronounced she was a relative, and scooted her onto the transport so she could be with her mother.
He spoke to WSB-TV Atlanta about the long-ago incident:
“I said, ‘My name is Greg, so if the baby’s name is Greg it’s got to be a relative and that means she can go.’”
Barwari ended up growing up in the suburbs surrounding Atlanta, a far cry from war-torn Iraq.[…]
She grew up hearing stories about the man who saved her life but, until this past week, she had never met the former soldier:
“It was the first story I ever heard. [My mom has] always told me about the man who saved my life.”
Now, as her graduation from high school neared, she decided it was time to thank him. She found Peppin online:
“The day I got Lava’s email was one of those signature days that kind of make your life worthwhile,” he said.
He flew across the country, taking a leave from his job at Boeing, to attend her graduation ceremony and to finally give her the hug that had been a long time coming…