- Posted December 1, 2011 by
San Francisco, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Stories from the Iraq war
Though not killed by its shells, almost destroyed by the war
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
When I came home the first thing my wife said to me was that she was filing for divorce. So ended an 8 year relationship and sent me spiraling into despair and hopelessness. The war didn't kill me but coming home almost did.
In the last few years I've begun putting my life back together. I became a devout Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist and am only here because of the practice. Many of my friends were not so lucky. Some took their own lives, others submitted to the allure of self-destruction.
This war was a terrible waste of all our lives. As Josey Wales said, "We all died a bit in that damned war." I hope one day I am no longer bitter and resentful about being sent over to fill corporate coffers and execute the vendettas of politicians.
The attached picture is my platoon - the Black Sheep.
To all those who did not make it back: rest in peace.