Soldiers React to Bin Laden's Death

By Lindsay Nielsen

Soldiers React to Bin Laden's Death

May 2, 2011 Updated May 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) - As reaction continues to pour in on the death of Osama bin Laden, we reached out to local soldiers, to hear their feelings from the front lines.

Two local men, each who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, talked with Action News today, and said they felt relief when they heard the news, elated the U.S. finally achieved its 10-year target.

But they also cautioned that an extended celebration could be dangerous.

"I was overwhelmed with joy. It took time, we always knew it would take time, and we got our man. We did the same thing to Saddam Hussein and how we found him. You can run, but you can't hide," says former U.S. National Guard member Vincent Ruffo.

"It's bittersweet because I feel that it's not over. It's definitely far from being over. Just being who we are as a country, we're always going to be susceptible to these kind of attacks. I think we do have to remain vigilant," says former U.S. Army member, Scott Whitney.

Whitney was badly injured during his final tour in 2007 after a mortar exploded near his crew.

He was forced to retire from the service because of serious back and head injuries.

Whitney lives in Binghamton, and Ruffo in Chenango Bridge.

The two friends met at a Veteran's support group in Binghamton.