AHWATUKEE, AZ - As America marks the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, an Ahwatukee man, who has already survived one tour, is preparing to go back again.
Army Specialist Mark Puhl is one of more than two million men and women who've fought there since the war started 10 years ago.
"Something doesn't change overnight," said Puhl of the war. "It's not going to happen overnight. Yes, it goes by for a long time but it's something that needs to be done in the interest of America and everyone else."
Puhl survived his tour in Afghanistan but to date the war has claimed nearly 1,700 American lives.
Another 14,000 military members came home wounded.
"We do our job over there so everybody in America can do their job over here," Puhl said.
"He's doing a great job and I'm very proud of him," said Mark's mom, Laura Sutton.
Sutton admits she initially didn't approve of the war in Afghanistan but since changed her mind.
Sutton now actively participates in the organization Blue Star Moms, a support group for family members who have loved ones overseas.
"I think it's important for everyone to see we're still over there," Sutton said.
Puhl will likely go back for another tour in Afghanistan soon.
If and when that call comes, Puhl says he'll be ready.
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