Veterans and Community Service

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There was absolutely no way Ian Smith was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. He was sure of it.

He was O.K. He was living with his girlfriend in a suburb of Nashville working three jobs — mowing lawns, delivering pizzas, cleaning a local church. He was carrying a 4.0 average at Volunteer State Community College. Yes, he’d seen some terrible stuff during two tours in Iraq. But others had been through much worse. He’d never been wounded. He was alive.

But it was a strange sort of alive. He lived on his couch, with his pistol. He didn’t sleep much. The only way he could get to sleep was by getting drunk, so he got drunk every night and slept with his gun under the pillow. He had gained 60 lb. since leaving the Army in February 2009. He drank more and more. His girlfriend left him. He put the gun…

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One thought on “Veterans and Community Service

  1. You Sweet.This is in reply to your recent comment sent to ryanindaswamp@hotmail.com
    Check this out. Here in the desert, so I am told today Russian and Chinese Military landed in Yuma, AZ. just down the road South of me.
    A friend told me yesterday evening about this going all viral on U Tube.
    Seemingly all the Silly-vilians here in this part of the world are, “OMG, Obama sold us out, Blasey, Blasey, Blasey.
    Hey America. Chill The fuck Out. Grab A Hold of yourself. This is called War Games. Been going on since for ever.
    Like the Olympics of Military.
    Who Jumps higher, runs faster. Us Marines refer to this as Shaking our D…
    You Get it.
    Yeah, The Departed is Great. Check out Reseviour Dogs.
    Oh Yeah. This Up your ally. On the front page of The AZ. Daily Star today the D.O.D. and state department admit incompetency regarding MIA/POW. Hmmm. Ya Think.
    Just off the top of my head over a hundred thousand.
    Thank You For Your Read and Kind Words. Keep up the good work.
    Ryan.

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