Iraq vet from Queens gets citizenship

January 25, 2008 3:30:04 PM PST
A veteran from Queens, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, has been sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Sergeant Feyad Mohammed, of Richmond Hills and originally from Trinidad, had applied for U.S. citizenship several times but encountered bureaucratic snags.

New York Senator Charles Schumer helped make it happen on the fourth try.

Mohammed was part of a Brooklyn swearing-in ceremony on Friday for about 255 new citizens.

"I'm relieved," the 22-year-old Mohammed said. "Now I can actually move on."

He wants to go to college and become a police officer.

Mohammed said he already felt like a citizen, because in the Army, "You wear that flag on your shoulder every day."