This song is the sound track to one of the most solemn, intense moments I have ever shared with someone. I became friends with someone who is 13 years older than me, so needless to say, he has a lot more life experience than I do. We always have a lot of fun together, just being completely random and doing impulsive things. So one day we decided to take a road trip to Nevada to pick up his 11 year old daughter.
As we were driving, this song came on the radio. Our lively chatter and joking ceased and evolved into a breathless silence. A silent respect for this song; and his many friends who perished in Iraq and thankfulness for how his life was spared many, many times from many close calls. Nothing could penetrate the silence in the truck, and I wouldn’t dare disturb this moment for him. I looked over to the driver’s seat and I could see the pain in his eyes, almost like staring into a window of flashbacks; but with such a strong face on, it was nearly impossible to decipher exactly what he was feeling. Still, not a single word was muttered from either of us.
My friend joined the military at 17 years old. He went into the Marine Corps and became a sniper, after his service was up, he enlisted into the Army. In the Army, he served as a combat medic. He went to many places, saw many things and lost more than what can be fathomed by a civilian.
As if fighting in a war wasn’t enough for this Devil Dog, he continues the battle every single day with PTSD. I live in constant fear that one day it will consume him and he will be taken from this world, at his own hand.
This song represents so much about what a service member goes through and I have the utmost respect for my friend, his service, and all those who are continuing in the military today.
Make it home safe.