(POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. soldier from Wyoming has drawn national media attention for continuing to serve despite several close calls on the battlefield.

During the July 4 episode of the ABC news program "Nightline," host Terry Moran said Army Staff Sgt. Chad Joiner has repeatedly cheated death. The program noted that roadside bombs exploded underneath Joiner's vehicles seven times during his three deployments in Iraq. The 31-year-old Joiner was born in Powell and raised in Cody. Joiner says in the program that God has a plan for him and there's a reason why he's still alive. Joiner left Northwest College and joined the military immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


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