Back from Iraq – and the brink of death

Back from Iraq – and the brink of death
Michael Oreskovic in Iraq

CRESWELL, Ore. – On his scheduled last mission with his brigade in Iraq before returning home to Oregon, Michael Oreskovic nearly died in Mosul when a truck bomb went off next to his army Stryker vehicle. 

Oreskovic lost his left arm and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He spent 13 months at Walter Reed Medical Center in recovery.

Six years later, he is a volunteer with Lane County Search and Rescue. He also does fundraising for the group "Rivers of Recovery," which uses fly fishing as therapy for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

KVAL News asked him: If you knew then what you know now, would you still have enlisted in the Army?

"Oh yes I would," he said. "If anything, I would have went in a little earlier. The only thing I would do differently is I would have ducked the second time."

Second time – because Oreskovic was injured six days earlier when his unit was ambushed by a car bomb.

Watch KVAL 13 TV News live at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, for more on Oreskovic's story. In Part 3 of a KVAL News series on near-death experiences, KVAL's Tom Adams talks to Oreskovic about his brush with death and what he has done to rebuild his life. The video of that story will be posted here after it airs live.