9-2-05 - Raul Solis was a day away from his 26th anniversary when Wednesday's call came in _ can you go to New Orleans and help with the thousands of people left sick and injured by Hurricane Katrina?
Solis, a major in the Air Force reserve from San Antonio, admitted that he didn't say yes right away.
"I had to think about it," he said. "I was going to have a five-day weekend."
The call of duty eventually prevailed on the Iraq War veteran and two dozen of his comrades in the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Lackland Air Force Base.
On Thursday each of them loaded a small amount of personal gear aboard a C-17 jet and flew to New Orleans for what could be up to a month of living in tents in the sticky heat. Their job will be assisting in the massive effort to get victims to hospitals for care.