Thanks for reading, John! I never had to roll around in the Mitsubishi Pajero in Iraq (I lucked out on the up armored), but I did roll around in a Toyota Hilux in Afghanistan, ha. Prayed for the same that we didn’t hit a mine. You’re correct about the stories all being the same, but uniquely different. I’ve written a few of mine here on Medium you may like:
The Conversation About War and Our Veterans We Refuse to Have
“You can shoot her…” the First Sergeant tells me. “Technically.”
Why Reintegration Into Society For Veterans Is So Damn Hard
“States which are trained for nothing but war, after they have acquired supreme power over those around them, they are…
The Beautiful Awful of Grief and Loss
“So we’re setting up this ambush, but every fifteen minutes one of us is vomiting or crapping our pants!” He says over…
Best to you man, and the respect is mutual. You ever write any of your stories?