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Iowa medic talks about conditions in Afghanistan

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SPC Chris Rew, right SPC Chris Rew, right

TORKHAM, AFGHANISTAN (KWWL) -- Specialist Chris Rew is a Bravo Company platoon medic with the 1-133rd.  The Iowa City native is one of more than 3,000 Iowans currently serving in Afghanistan.

Rew is stationed in Torkham, Afghanistan, which is a city along the Pakistan border.  He told us about the living conditions and spoke about the medical services available to people that live there.

"I think it's probably one of the poorer places in Afghanistan. From what I can tell, pretty much everybody lives in shipping crates in Torkham.  I think the biggest thing they do there is tear apart cars and sell the car parts back to Pakistan," SPC Rew said.

"I visited a pharmacy there and the guy was a really nice guy.  He showed me his different medications and was pretty spot on for giving the right meds for the right ailments.  He seemed pretty knowledgeable and his prices were cheap, which I thought was cool. I bought some Tylenol from him for 30 cents, so pretty reasonable prices," SPC Rew said.

Watch the KWWL News at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to see how technology is changing the way Rew and other Iowans stay in touch with family.

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