US veteran who fought in Ukraine left by wife and vows to sell house and return

A US Army veteran who flew to Ukraine to help repel Russia's invasion at the beginning of Vladimir Putin's "special operation" has revealed he and his wife are separating and he will return to the conflict.

Former US Army staff sergeant James Vasquez, 47, arrived in Ukraine in early April to fight against Putin's invaders.

Vasquez was vocal on Twitter throughout his time in Ukraine, and after he returned he often stated that he felt bad about leaving his unit on the frontline.

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Now Vasquez, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, has revealed he will return to the action, but after a personal loss.

"I know I’ve been radio silent for a while, mostly because we have had big losses in the past week and I feel helpless being home. My home goes on the market this weekend and as soon as I close I’ll be back in Ukraine the next day.

"My men that I’ve lost this week hurts my heart," he tweeted on June 16.

At the end of May, he revealed he and his wife would be separating.

"My wife and I are separating. I’m selling my house and every thing I own. I’m returning 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 step-sons.

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In March, his wife Tina told that she supported his decision to join the fight from the very beginning.

"It's in his DNA, and he approached me, came 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, just make sure you come home," Tina recalls her reply. "This is what he needs to do, and I need 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 goes 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 over in Ukraine."


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