On Thursday (May 4) at Panchos & Gringos in Brookfield, you can get a first-hand account of what it was really like fighting in the Iraq War.

Brookfield resident and retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, Michael Zacchea, has a new book titled, The Ragged Edge: A US Marine's Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion.

During the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, Zacchea was severely injured in a firefight, but lived to tell his story. The Lieutenant Colonel will be be appearing at Panchos & Gringos this Thursday, May 4 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm to sign copies of his new book and answer questions about his challenging mission of building an Iraqi Army. During his service in Iraq, he won two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the Iraqi's Order of the Lion of Babylon.

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Zacchea is currently the Program Manager of the UCONN Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

Zecchea also founded the CT Veterans Chamber of Commerce and has served on many a state task force regarding veteran's issues.