In Part I of this series, I was only setting the stage for a detailed explanation of some of my own experiences. Now for the details, and my interpretation of those experiences and how I’ve seen it relate to coping with life in the ‘real world.’ The truck driver story stuck in my head for a good stretch of time, not because of the event, but because of my minor role in the story. This turned into a rather long story, but I felt the need to get the details on page, both tangible and intangible.
In our little portion of Samarra, Iraq in 2006, our team was co-located with a 101st infantry company, Iraqi Army Scouts and Iraqi Police Battalion. We had a round-a-bout with a traffic control point to slow traffic and barriers set up to prevent Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) from detonating near our compound.
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