Things To Stop Doing
I am an Iraq war veteran. I came back with a case of PTSD and a biploar flareup. I subsequently went crazy in 2011. I made it to nine years, and am currently permanently disabled from service-connected injury.
One of the weird things you say to me is “thanks for your service”.
The Army, as it happens, was the first straight gig I ever had. I was a failure at life until I joined. I became a soldier out of necessity. Do not thank me for stopping the trainwreck that I called a life by joining.
You also call me a hero who defended your freedom. No. I defended Halliburton’s rights to Iraqi oil. You did not gain an increase in freedom from me and my cohorts as we tore Iraq apart.
It was 13 years ago. Let it lie. What we’re really all about and what you are all about can be found in a great article here.