I very much appreciate your kind words, Max, especially as a fellow combat veteran. I worked in Ramadi with a lot of Marines and they hold a special place for me, and know many of us feel the same but has been difficult to articulate. I actually had a few of them read this before I published to make sure I was capturing the conflicting emotions we deal with. Like you, I skim the how to articles even though I write them as well (ha!). Here’s some of my work on war you may enjoy:
The Conversation We Refuse to Have About War and Our Veterans
Veterans bear the burden of war long after they leave the battlefield. It’s time for America to acknowledge it.
The Last True War Story I’ll Ever Tell
What one veteran remembers on Memorial Day
Sometimes, I Miss War
Civilians often confuse war with combat — but for veterans returning home, it’s much more complicated