Dan talks about the darkest day of his deployment to Ramadi, Iraq and some of the feelings that come from members of his unit losing their lives.

(One of the greatest books about a war is unquestionably Catch 22. I always saw it as an explanation of the absurdity of the whole endeavor of war. Yossarian is trapped in a dangerous situation where everybody is trying to kill him, even people on his own side. While conducting convoy security in Iraq, I often pondered the similarities of Yossarian’s story and my own. The second to last line of the book reads; “Yossarian jumped,” which illustrates the uncertainty of choices in life. Hopefully this blog will encapsulate just some of the experiences of my seven months in Iraq and explain what made me “jump” back into the uncertainty of the Middle East.)

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