Protecting independence

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Ohio Army National Guard Staff SSG Ryan Neal at the 1-145th Armored Regiment in Stow. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Our independence must be protected

Name: Staff Sgt. Ryan Neal.

Age: 25.

Hometown: Barberton.

Role: Father of three, spent three Independence Days in recent years deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Full-time employee of the Ohio National Guard, serves in the HHC 1-145th Armored Regiment out of Stow.

“What is important is me not spending time with my family so other people can. We make a stand so everyone can have the ability to be here for the Fourth of July.”

“Freedom is very important to me.”


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