ROCHESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — U.S Army Major Micah Kidney is an Afghanistan Veteran nearing the end of a year-long tour overseas, and this weekend he updated the students he’ll return to.
Kidney lives in Rochester and teaches math at Old Rochester Regional High. He spoke to students this weekend.
“I miss y’all,” Kidney said. “It’s been quite a while.” In the special message, he told students how he’s doing and expressed gratitude to school staff and town residents for letters and care packages that have been sent to him during his deployment.
Kidney apologized that he couldn’t reach out sooner.
“Sorry for the delay. I just wanted to reach out and say thank you," he said.
The army major said the packages and messages from people back home have been especially helpful in recent days, with the uptick in violence in Afghanistan.
He also addressed the deaths of 13 U.S. Service members last week in one of the deadliest days for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, the deaths including Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario of Lawrence. He said support from the South Coast community has made this time of grieving a bit easier.
Maj. Kidney has four months left in his deployment, though he did not mention where he was deployed. Kidney said he plans on seeing his students very soon.
“I love and miss everybody. It’s been a pretty tumultuous last few days, especially, but we’re getting through together.”
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