Reservist Fighting His Fifth War Call-up
After serving in Afghanistan and three times in Iraq, an Army Reserve sergeant from Port St. Lucie (FL) recoiled at still another deployment.
BY AMY DRISCOLL
PORT ST. LUCIE —
Erik Botta believes he’s done right by his country.Days after 9/11, as a young Army reservist, he volunteered to go to war. He was soon in Afghanistan.
The next year, he was sent out again, this time to Iraq, part of a Special Operations team.
In the next two years, he was sent to Iraq again. And again.
He thought he was done. But now, the Army wants Sgt. Botta one more time.
The 26-year-old Port St. Lucie man has been ordered to report to Fort Jackson, S.C., on July 15 for his fifth deployment. And that has compelled Botta, a first-generation American who counts himself a quiet patriot, to do something he never thought he’d do: sue the Army.