Hello everybody my name is Steve, I served a little over 3 years in the U.S. Army. I was in the 101st Airborne and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2001. As most of us really enjoyed the military but thay don't tell you that you will more than likely suffer from what you will see and obviously have to do as you just follow orders. Personally I did not enjoy what I had to do sometimes. I did things and seen things nobody should. People who never been in a combat situation can not really understand what it is like. It is extremely loud, confusing, and you are scared but it is a job and not everyone can do it. I had a very good friend loose his life standing next to me as we was telling jokes and having a good time considering the situation. I had To take lives and was not proud of it. There was things I did that I wish I could change but can't. I have seen good men injured and killed from both sides that still bother me. I have a hard time sleeping from seeing things I feared in the first place. The little things like a smell or a loud noise will trigger a flashback or a thought that will make a good day turn bad really quick. I know I'm not the only person out there suffering from this. It is hard to talk about but not as hard to write about it. I personally would like to here what what good times and bad others have been threw and what helps them move on. Obviously I don't want to upset anyone or cause problems but really feel that it helps me to write about it. There are something's that DO NOT need to be said and those who have been in combat will know what I'm saying. Let's all show respect to everyone as this is not very easy to do.
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