[dropcap style=”color: #9b9b9b;”]I[/dropcap]n many ways, it seems like a complete lifetime ago. But all it takes is a blink to return to that summer in 2007 when I was deployed to Iraq with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever known.
Eight years ago this week, I landed in Baghdad with JV and JB for our second trip through Iraq. We all know what happened there. Yet my experience in Iraq was definitely more than that one incident.
I hate reading about what is going on in Iraq these days. I have little interest in the politicians changing their tune about it all in accordance to the election seasons. It doesn’t bother me as people dissect the purpose and role the United States played in that part of the world. I feel such a disconnection from all that chatter.
But when it comes to my memories, to the things I saw happening there, and especially when I remember the people I met and served alongside over there, I remember everything clear as day and remain proud for having been there among them.
And I also remain so grateful to have made it back, to be here eight years later and remember.
You can read this week’s Flashback Friday post HERE.