The Iraq and Afghanistan Combat Veteran and the Future of American Foreign Policy

May 26, 2012 by

As my parents carefully poured water onto the gauze that stuck to my legs from still largely unhealed burn wounds from an Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) roadside bomb, the pain was excruciating as the blood and puss congealed to the bandage began to loosen and release itself from the one bad night out of the hundreds I spent on dusty Iraqi roads. This attempt to ease the pain of the gauze separating from my open wounds was repeated on all four of my limbs.