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.
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.
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.
I recall "exchanging words" on numerous occasions with this guy calling him names that I won't write here.
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).
I cried a lot when this happened because I couldn't take back what I said and did to him.
I recently discovered that he was actually in a "traumatic brain injury" treatment facility here in Durham, NC where I live.
I considered visiting him but I was pretty scared.
LESSON LEARNED: Life's really short. Don't be mean to people.
Click here for My Issues With Veterans Day Part 2