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Iraq War Veterans Helping To Rebuild WTC

By Emily Trube, 1080 KRLD
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NEW YORK (1080 KRLD) – Many Iraqi War veterans are returning home to rebuild the World Trade Center. KRLD’s Emily Trube was recently in Manhattan and caught up with some of them.

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Ricky & David (Photo: Emily Trube)

Richard “Richie”  Mohammed and David Dudenhoffer are working on the new World Trade Center Towers as iron workers.  This is not the first time they have worked side by side, the two men served in Iraq together and were in the same patrolling vehicle.

Mohammed grew up in Rockaway, New York.  He signed up for the Army because of  the events of September 11th and served in Iraq as a medic.

Dudenhoffer was already in the National Guard in 2001 and helped to guard New York City in the days and weeks following the attacks. He was deployed to Afghanistan before serving in Iraq.

After their tour of duty was over both Ricky and David were hired  through Helmets to Hard Hats, a program that directs veterans to construction jobs.

“To most other people, this is just a job”, says Mohammed. “To us, this is serious business…I’m still fighting for this country, bottom line.”

KRLD’s Emily Trube spoke with Richard and David at an Irish pub near the site and right next door to the fire station and memorial dedicated to the first responders.

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Construction workers at Ground Zero (Photo: Emily Trube)

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The new World Trade Center (Photo: Emily Trube)

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