Monthly Archives: September 2011

It’s Not Rocket Surgery

I wrote the following letter as a Marine First Lieutenant at the end of my first tour in Iraq. I planned to hand-deliver it to my Senator from Maine when she toured our base near the Syrian border. I never got the chance – my … Continue reading

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Introspection

November 8, 2006 Observation Post 616 Sadiqiyah, Al Anbar Province,Iraq   Last night was achingly beautiful. A waning autumn moon glowed and pulsed like quicksilver against a blue-black sky. Shadowed craters etched its surface like faint tracings on a treasure half-buried in volcanic … Continue reading

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The Sound and the Fury

It took me seven months after returning from my second combat tour to realize that I had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Initially my constant anxiety, persistent insomnia, and difficulty concentrating I chalked up to the stress of abandoning my friends and fellow … Continue reading

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