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November 04, 2008

A Story Of Service And Leadership

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A Story Of Service And Leadership

On the day when voters are choosing a new leader, this is one story that's certain to inspire. Army Capt. Ivan Castro was on a rooftop in Iraq trying to secure a safer position for his unit when he was attacked by mortar rounds. Two soldiers under his command died in that attack, and Ivan sustained life-threatening injuries.

After months of rehab and dozens of surgeries, Ivan was finally able to get out of bed and start walking on his own. But he had one injury that could not be fixed: Ivan lost his sight. But blindness has not stopped Ivan Castro from achieving his goals. He has found way to continue to serve and lead despite his injury.  He talks with Dick Gordon about how he made the decision to continue serving the nation as an officer in the Army's Special Forces.

Personal Politics: The Importance Of Voting

Thuli Beresford grew up in South Africa. She thought black South Africans might never gain the right to vote. Her two brothers were political prisoners. Her family was scared even to take public transportation. But one day while attending seminary in Ohio, Thuli received a momentous letter from the South African government. Thuli tells Dick about her three-hour journey to cast her vote, and about the joy of seeing Nelson Mandela's name on the ballot.

Carla Powell was Thuli's next door neighbor while they were both in seminary. Carla vividly remembers the day Thuli voted. In fact, that memory forever changed Carla's perspective on the importance of voting here in the U.S.

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