“It’s one thing to inflict pain on the enemy. You’re trained to do it. In the infantry your purpose is to kill and hurt people. But enduring listening to your friends suffer through it is a different level of Hell you can’t possibly understand.
Hearing them plead with you, ‘Oh God. Please don’t let me die. I don’t want to die!’ – it’s tough. Unbearable, really. To sit through that knowing there’s nothing you can do.
There’s just something so torturous about witnessing those men close to you suffer. Especially from wounds that are catastrophic and that they won’t survive. Hearing their cries of pain and desperate pleads…that’s what sticks with you and earns you that 100% disability for PTSD from the VA.
It’s been over 10 years and I still can’t un-hear those screams. I pray that this page helps shed light on some of what these boys, all of us, endured.”
– Anonymous US Soldier. 101st Airborne Division. Afghanistan.
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