War is a terrible thing. The first time you see a human being wounded and bleeding, it leaves a lasting impression. You understand it is serious business. Why would anyone subject himself to the pressures and risks synonymous with combat? I don't know that I ever thought about that question at the time. Looking back, I realize the answer would have been different at different periods in my life.

When I enlisted, my real goal was to get the government to pay for my college education. There was some nebulous concept of fighting for home and country, but most of us who enlisted never really thought ...

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