Thank you for doing this book, Kyle. I think it's so important to share these stories. And especially from vets who are ready to talk about their experiences.
Years ago my husband who is a vet from the gulf war told me on a fourth of July about the only thing he ever spoke about. I always asked him about what it was like and he would just say, "It was bad. You don't want to know the things I did over there." It always made me sad when he felt like he couldn't speak about it. But I understood when he finally told me that one night when he was on deck of the big ship he was on watching the big missiles fly over head a small boat approached their ship. It was full of afghani refugees looking for amnesty. My husband stood his ground with his rifle pointed at them and told them to get away from the ship or he would open fire on them. He was barely 18 at the time. He said thankfully they backed away and he radioed in for their government to come pick them up knowing they'd probably be jailed or killed. But he knew if they had a bomb or guns and they boarded the ship many of his friends would be killed. He followed protocol and did every thing right. But over 20 years later he still lives with the thought that those people could have died because of him.
Thank you for being brave enough to listen to the lives of these men and women and give them a voice when often times they come home only to be forgotten and fall into the cracks. *huge hugs from a vet's wife* Your work means a lot to the loved ones of vets. <3
Edited at 2012-07-09 04:00 pm (UTC)