SGT. JAKE McCULLUM: The Old Orchard Beach man, who has served two tours in Iraq with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and then with the 82nd Airborne Division, says it’s disheartening to see the erosion of positive changes he witnessed among the Iraqi people during his time there. He said he’s not sure the U.S. will ever be able to stabilize that region of the Middle East. “The weapons we gave them to defend themselves are being used, both against the Iraqi army and against us,” he said.

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