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“Savage Actual, this is Savage 4-3, requesting follow-on mission…”
The game is easy when the rules are defined: Don’t be late, light, or out of uniform. Pretty straightforward, right? Even the lowliest of privates understand this. Thanks to my leadership,
the mission was always clear.
Following my ETS, the bliss of being a civilian consumed me. I could walk on grass again, sleep
in past 5 am, and grow a patchy beard. Fast forward two months and that thrill had dissolved. I
began anticipating a text from my Sniper Section leader laying out my mission for Monday. I
knew those texts that I had received a million times before, were not coming.
With the silence, my mind began to wander:
What’s the mission now? What career do I pursue? Do I just forget I served in the Army, or do I
let being a veteran consume my identity? Can I now only wear shirts with a flag on the sleeve? Is
it a sign of weakness to claim injuries with the VA? How do I know if this is the woman I’m
supposed to marry? How do I know if I’m making the right decision?
It felt as though I was in the middle of a land navigation course without an azimuth.
Instead of seeking help, I began to fill the void with video games, substances, and sex. Anything
to take my mind off the fact that I no longer had a destination.
I had a million unanswered questions and it felt as though my life began to stagnate. I needed to
find my purpose before I start to rot. It wasn’t until I talked to a friend that I realized I was not
By surrounding myself with compassionate savages, I was able to gain some fire superiority and step off on the next mission.
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