When Borepatch came to visit, he brought me a book. This isn’t a fun read. It isn’t an easy book or a lighthearted topic. It’s the story of a United States Marine that has an afternoon in hell, loses three of his squadmates, and has his life altered by PTSD.
It’s also a story of continuing his fight. He’s not whining, or sugar coating anything. He’s fighting for his life, to love his wife and son, to live with PTSD and not be destroyed by it, to honor his friends, his Corps, and his Country with what he does with his life.
The Corps thought enough of his actions that day to award him the Navy Cross. I think he might have deserved the Medal of Honor. He thinks he didn’t do enough.
The lesson of this book, and of the combat experience of millions of servicemen, is that everyone is vulnerable to the stress of combat. Every man we send will be changed by his experience, many will be badly injured even when they show no scars.
If you’re interested, it’s available from Amazon at this link.
Semper Fidelis, Marine.
Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.