Sometimes these things just don’t go away. Whether it is waiting at a red light and a random image from days gone by flashes past or sitting in the doctor’s office trying to explain why I get so angry some of the time. After all, how does one successfully convey what I did in Iraq and Afghanistan when the majority of people only get their information from the crooked mainstream media?
War sucks. It really, truly sucks. I missed plenty of birthdays, holidays, vacations, significant moments while I was playing in the sandbox. Do I regret it? Not one bit. I volunteered and there was vengeance required after 9/11. Still, there will always be a hollow part of me wondering how much different life would be for me if I had never volunteered to go to Afghanistan in 2002. By the time my 3 tour of duty was finished in early 2006 I completely forgot my own birthday- and it was the day before we were rotating out of Camp Victory, Kuwait from doing a year in Baghdad.