Grainy photo of a rifle barrel and dirt road behind it.
Photo from the turret. Baghdad Iraq 2003

In dealing with life events and the death of a friend, I found myself striving to conquer grief. I wanted to try to understand it and control it. But, unfortunately, I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen.
But I realized something else about grief.

Grief is a huge part of the post-traumatic stress process that veterans seem to get lost in. We constantly want our “old” or “normal” way of being back. We…