Jason, this was a great read and it’s so rare to meet another soldier who went to DLI (or as we come to know it Desperate Love Institute 😂). I was there in 2002. Like you I thought I was going to Iraq only to be sent to Afghanistan and then two years later ending up in Ramadi, Iraq.
All this to say, I love meeting other former soldiers who are using their skills to do good in the world these days. People far too often can write us off as war mongerers (at times) not realizing that after you’ve seen war you work for peace and the skills you developed in the military can do so much good. I work in mental health these days helping others face adversity and develop resilience, all things I learned in the Army. I look forward to reading more from you watching your journey from afar.