Real war stories were the history lesson for fifth graders whose school gave the opportunity to have students interview a wounded veteran by Skype.
Staff Sgt. Brandin Dodson was interviewed by fifth graders at South Side Elementary School in Bristol, Connecticut. Sgt. Dodson, a Marine Corp infantryman, lost his legs in Afghanistan to an improvised explosive device (IED).
The students wanted to know what had happened to him, and also how the IED worked. He explained that it was made to explode when someone stepped on it, and that his unit had been trained to know what to do when that happened, so they were able to get him to a hospital.
The students also wanted to know how his prosthetic legs worked. He told them that he has to use his hands to lift his legs but that he can walk and stand pretty normally.
He also answered questions about the military in general, including one that asked if girls had a more difficult time joining than boys.
“No, we’re pretty gender unbiased,” he said. “You can be a Marine, you can be in any branch you want. Even now there are jobs in the military that used to be closed they are opening them up to girls, so it’s pretty close to being you can do anything that any boy or man could do in the military.”