"I saw guys that were way better than me, way more fit than me, smarter than me and they don't make it. Fifteen months is a long time and losing guys sucks, but we could have lost more and, hell, I could have not made it back myself. So I'm grateful for what I got and glad that it wasn't worse." "Anyone that you've fought with or bled with, you don't want to disgrace their memory. So I don't want to be a bad father or husband or be financially irresponsible or drink too much. For people that won't ever get to see their kids again, I'm trying to treat my kids a little better than I ever did and take care of them as best as I can." "I did this service and I fought my fight so that my kids wouldn't have to. But the war is always going on out there and it's one of those ideology wars ¿ the war on terror is like the war on drugs or the war on poverty. It exists. It's all in how you want to fight this war. They can say that the war on terror is a bad thing, but like I said there are more soccer balls handed out than there are bullets shot in Iraq or in Mosul."