A US Army veteran who traveled to Ukraine to help repel the Russian invasion at the start of Vladimir Putin’s ‘special operation’ has revealed he and his wife are parting ways and he will return to the conflict.
Former US Army Staff Sergeant James Vasquez, 47, arrived in Ukraine in early April to fight Putin’s invaders.
Vasquez spoke out on Twitter throughout his time in Ukraine, and after his return he often said he felt bad about leaving his unit on the front lines.
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Now Vasquez, who has completed two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, has revealed he will return to action, albeit after a personal loss.
“I know I’ve been quiet for a while, mainly because we had some big losses last week and I feel helpless at home. My house is up for sale this weekend and as soon as I will close, I will be back in Ukraine the next day.
“My men I lost this week hurt my heart,” he tweeted on June 16.
At the end of May, he revealed that he and his wife would separate.
“My wife and I are separating. I’m selling my house and everything I own. I’m going back to Ukraine to fight the rest of the war. Then after I’m rebuilding Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.
Vasquez is the father of four adult children, with two sons and two stepsons.
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In March, his wife Tina told TNZT.com that she supported his decision to join the fight from the start.
“It’s in his TNZT, and he approached me, came up to me after work and said, ‘We need to talk, I can’t watch this on TV, I need to go help these guys’ “, she said.
“Go ahead, make sure you come home,” Tina recalled of her response. “That’s what he has to do, and I have to support him.”
The couple, who have been married for seven years, live in Norwalk, Connecticut.
“It’s been a struggle for me, worrying every day,” she said. “He tries to call me when he can, but sometimes he can’t and my mind gets a little worried.”
But, she added, “I’m super proud of my husband, he’s my hero and he’s met a lot of great people in Ukraine.”