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Rep. Ruben Gallego talks about the reality of war with Axios Latino

By Matthew Casey
Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 1:57pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 2:03pm

Ruben Gallego
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Ruben Gallego in KJZZ's studio in 2018.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego took part in a virtual Veterans Day event held by the newsletter Axios Latino.

Gallego is an infantry veteran. He survived combat in the Iraq War and credits “sheer luck” for having escaped death at least 11 times.

Gallego said the outcome in battle doesn’t make sense to the soldiers fighting them.

“A lot of times you can do everything right and you will still die. You can do everything wrong and still live. And that’s just the chaos of war,” he said.

Gallego said he joined the Marine Corps Reserve after he was kicked out of Harvard.

Now an alumnus of the Ivy League university, Gallego is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee in Congress.