By Randy Thompson, Army

I redeployed three times, and each time I learned something different. I learned that the pain from being wounded is more than physical. I learned not to hate the citizens of a... more 
By Randy Thompson, Army

I redeployed three times, and each time I learned something different. I learned that the pain from being wounded is more than physical. I learned not to hate the citizens of a country that we invaded just because I didn't understand their culture. I learned that I could sleep anywhere, including on my living room floor, where I currently sleep. The doctors call it PTSD, but my wife, Claudia, doesn't know what to call it. Last year I accidentally struck her in my sleep, the result of directing imaginary mortar fire from our home in central Maryland.

Because of Iraq, and the war on terror our entire military culture has changed. Refrains of "Support the soldier, not the war" are heard in every blue state across the nation. The war was unpopular, so much that it made a twice-elected president one of the most hated men in history. I'll never forget the day that Zac Walters, a man from my high school and a soldier I served with, was killed by an IED. It's hard not to blame yourself, but I have to live on believing I made the right decisions, even during such a difficult time. America was once a place of ideas and values; now we've waged a perceived war on religion. less 
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Tue, Mar 19, 2013 1:00 PM EDT