Hamill Plans for Future

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"This book, I'm going to have to go back to work. It's not going to make me a millionaire," laughed Thomas Hamill of Macon, Miss.

Hamill talked about his book about his ordeal in Iraq in 2004. Out since October, Hamill is still traveling the country to promote it.

Hamill says he is also going to continue to help with recruitment for the private Texas-based company that he was working for in Iraq when militants ambushed his convoy and took him prisoner.

As for those who may think that his life has changed so much, Hamill says in many ways that's not necessarily true. For instance, he, his wife, their two children and his mother still live in the same house where they lived before he went to Iraq.

"I'm a working guy. If I'm not sweating, I'm not working. That's the way it has always been," said Hamill.

Once the gunshot wound in his arm fully heals, Hamill says he plans to try and clean up his old dairy farm, which has been out of business for almost two years, and buy beef cattle.

Hamill's wife, Kellie, said that it could be anywhere from a few months to two years before his arm is fully healed.

Meanwhile, Hamill says he also still has an interest in driving big trucks and maybe even going back to Iraq.

"But I don't know whether they'll let me go back," referring to his former employer, KBR.

However, when it's all said and done, Hamill says no matter how big or small it may seem to some, in the end there is still truly no place like home.

"God says he'll never put more on us than we can bear. I said, 'God, I can't take no more. You're putting more on me than I can bear. I just can't go any further down," said Hamill, reflecting on his thinking before the job opportunity in Iraq arose. "And I found out over there in Iraq we can take a lot more. We just have to buckle up and stay there for the ride. Don't give up too quick. I couldn't give up over there."


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