Army Colonel postpones retirement, serves five tours of duty as war zone doctor

The 9/11 attacks on America changed many people.

Army Colonel Dan Spaner was ready to retire, but instead, he's been deployed five times to war zones.

"I decided now is not the time to retire," Spaner said.

Spaner is more than a Colonel in the Reserves, he's an emergency room doctor at Hillcrest Hospital. With such talents, Spaner has been deployed to the most dangerous war zones in the world.

"I basically felt it was my job to help the troops," Spaner said. "I'm not a war fighter, I'm a war healer."

Spaner's life changed, and so did his wife's, Pam. She was left at home to worry as her husband saved the lives of our men and woman fighting the war.

She told 19 Action News she's a bundle of emotions, sadness, anger and hope.

Both are tremendously proud of their contributions and their country.

"We're united no matter what side of the fence you're on, we are a united country and when things are rough, we pull together."

The Spaners took part in a motorcycle ride to New York and Washington with hundreds of others in tribute for those who lost their lives on 9/11.

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