My Issues with Veteran's Day - Urban Iraq to Urban Durham, NC

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Last year on around Veteran's Day I revealed some of my photos from my tour in Iraq during the 2005-2006 Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

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Since then I have made myself a bit more vulnerable to the world by revealing that I have borderline personality disorder and addressing some of my deepest issues.  

Here's another.

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 When I was "over there" I had a really toxic relationship with one of my superiors. This partly caused by my inability to empathize and partly by the rigid culture of the U.S. military.  

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I recall "exchanging words" on numerous occasions with this guy calling him names that I won't write here.  

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On the last patrol that we went on he got hit by an IED (improvised explosive device) and is now a vegetable (I recently heard that his family and doctors "pulled the plug" though).

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 I cried a lot when this happened because I couldn't take back what I said and did to him. 

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I recently discovered that he was actually in a "traumatic brain injury" treatment facility here in Durham, NC where I live.

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 I considered visiting him but I was pretty scared. 

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LESSON LEARNED: Life's really short. Don't be mean to people. 

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Mark Maya

Mark Maya Photography, Durham, NC, 27707, United States

Mark Maya is a photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.