The VA Hospital
For us guys that trusted each other with our lives, a hospital visit was a loyalty check. This is my first encounter with medicine since I left active duty, and I’m nervous with the guilt of a traitor. I may break the unwritten pacts I made with my brothers, long ago, to be ready–no matter the illness or nightmare–for each other. I became a civilian, a veteran, months ago. I survived 2 years in Afghanistan without any scars.