Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Is Changing Careers

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

An army brigade out of Lexington has been put on alert for possible deployment.

An eastern kentucky man, who's an assistant commonwealth's attorney, is packing up his things as he leaves his law office for basic training in Oklahoma.

WYMT's Julie Maloney spoke with the soldier who says this career change is a dream come true.

Richie Couch has been a lawyer at the Gary Gregory Law Office, in Clay County, for the past six years, but on Tuesday he told WYMT that he is leaving as a soldier.

"I guess I was born a patriot. Anything possible to serve my country. It's just one of those things," Richard Couch, 1st Lieutenant, 138th Brigade.

Last week President Bush said in his state of the union address that he plans to increase the number of troops in Iraq.

Couch is leaving for basic training in Oklahoma on Wednesday and could be deployed this summer.

"It's hard on the families, but you're making such a contribution to your country and in this time of terrorism, I'm proud to do this," Richard Couch said.

On Tuesday Couch cleaned out his office at the law firm.

He says his career-change is a dream come true.

"We're going to miss him, but I have all the confidence that through his training, he will be alright," Jeff Couch said.

"He's taking that step forward to agree to support the United States in Iraq and I think it's an honorable thing for him to do," Tim Couch said.

Couch is carrying on a family tradition.

His father and two of his uncle's were in the army and if he's deployed this summer, he will be joining his cousin, Chris Couch, who was deployed with the Mountain Warriors in 2006.

"The hardest part is leaving my family. If we do in fact have to be deployed-- that's the hardest part," Richard Couch said.
couch says he will be able to come home some weekends to visit his wife and four month old daughter.

His unit could be deployed to Iraq late this summer.


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