I am the Vasya that the story was written about. I'd like to respond to a couple of comments that have been made. First of all, I am so happy to be an American. I agree with NoMyth that America is a place many people in other countries wish they could enjoy. My life has been awesome since becoming a citizen of the United States. This country saved my life and gave me happiness and love. My goal about going into the military are very strong and I will defend what this country stands for. Nobody's perfect, but I am thankful for what is good about this country. God has blessed me beyond anything I ever could have wished for. Thanks to Stephen Hargis for allowing me to share my story.