It all started because he didn't drink the Kool-aid, he slammed it. Serving his country hadda be better than serving customers at Fred's Eat Shop. Medals and swords and uniforms would provide the ladies he desired. They'd fawn all over him and he'd get to see the world. Then the horrible specter of violence slammed his moral compass and altered his life's trajectory.
This story was written after one chance encounter, with a young man, who had returned home with a ton of questions. Nikki Delgado of London England, was cited for her expert rendition of this man's story. The author, Curt Rude, was awarded in San Francisco for his efforts on behave of those who have damaged souls. Robert Wangsness of Design by Word is thanked for his heartfelt efforts.