Op-Ed: The cavalry saved me, and 18 years later, I was the cavalry — with a kidney donation

On a black night in late spring 2003, west of Baghdad, I was a single lieutenant defending our cavalry squadron’s position. Insurgents advanced toward me; tracers lighted the air around me. When my life depended on it, someone came for me. The squadron’s response unit arrived and turned back the attack. Eighteen years later, I paid that moment forward. I was the cavalry. I saved someone’s life and then some.

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