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By lash - Posted on 27 August 2011

Last night made me realize something. Since returning from Iraq I’ve wondered why I am on edge, cranky, and agitated. People have been fascinated and quizzical as to how many people I have killed and what it’s like over there. I can only speak for myself, but would like to try and make people who have never “been there” understand. To me it’s quite simple:

  1. Killing an enemy combatant is easy. There is no remorse because he was trying to end your life and would have taken another’s later down the road.
  2. Saving a wounded individual is the most fulfilling. Making sure that person receives the life saving measures to go back to his family gives one a feeling that is indescribable.
  3. Having a person die is the second hardest thing anyone can experience. Even if you do not know the person it’s devastating. Knowing he is expectant and holding his hand as he takes his last breath on this planet is something that nobody should ever experience, but being there for them and reassuring them is one of the defining moments in one’s life.
  4. The hardest thing I’ve ever experienced is seeing a young boy turn into a man in a heartbeat. When a 19 year old, whose only concern should be chasing girls and grades in college witnesses combat and all of its implications. When you see the sparkle of youth leave his eye only to be replaced forever with a cold hard stare is a very hard thing to witness. He will never be a boy again.

I ask one favor…

When you see a Veteran return thank him for his service. Do not ask him to tell you “War stories”. He is recovering even if there are no external wounds. He will talk to you when and if he is ready.


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Though I can never comprehend what you have been through and the feelings you have to deal with daily I’d like to thank you for helping me and anyone else reading this to have an insight on what our soldiers are dealing with. There is nothing that we can say or do that can begin to thank you all enough for your committment and sacrifices however just acknowlegeing their service and not “interviewing” them with stupid questions is probably the best advice to anyone wanting to showing their gratitude.
I’d like to thank you for your service and love for our country and your commitment to our armed services! I am proud to have been your friend and pledge brother!
I saw your skate board on this web site, very impressive! I haven’t had the time to find the page again but woud be interested in buying one and supporting the cause it benefits. Please send me an e-mail to dmarkc6812 [at] hotmail [dot] com and let me know what I can do.
Thanks Brother!

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