Quotes About Deployment

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Siobhan Fallon
“Be safe, she whispered. Then she closed her eyes and said in a low, broken monotone, "I love you.

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Siobhan Fallon”
Siobhan Fallon

Phil Klay
“And that was my homecoming. It was fine, I guess. Getting back feels like your first breath after nearly drowning. Even if it hurts, it's good.”
Phil Klay

Adam Fenner
“When we deployed, in our heads, the towel we left hanging next to the shower to dry, would still be hanging there when we got back. Well, it won’t be. If it is, some important questions need to be asked.”
Adam Fenner, Post-Deployment Wisdom For The Returning Service Member

Angela Ricketts
“It’s the wide variation of women in our little shared petri dish that makes our lives never boring. Really all that we have in common is we each fell in love with a dude in uniform. The rest of it is a wild card. . . . Each of us trying to get through the day, the deployment, and the time in between.”
Angela Ricketts, No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife

Angela Ricketts
“We all reek of weariness. A room full of the black-soul phenomenon. All of a sudden I don’t feel so alone in the recognition of my own mixed feelings mirrored in those faces. In those faces, I see that the seemingly repugnant behavior wasn’t so atrocious after all. Everything is forgiv- able. Everything we said and did and felt was magnified by the pres- ence of something we couldn’t control, and that fact definitely brought out the crazy. Each of us will carry a balance of regret and pride for the rest of our lives.”
Angela Ricketts, No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife

Angela Ricketts
“Above everything else, beyond the long hardships, one out- come is the most invaluable. The sisterhoods. The lifelong friends and bonds that will never lessen. Years can go by, and I will pick up with each of those sisters as if a single day hasn’t passed. Only we can truly understand one another; not even our husbands can fully grasp what we’ve been through with each other and how ironclad those bonds are.”
Angela Ricketts, No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife

Brian Castner
“I’m back. I’m still here. I never left.”
Brian Castner, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Adam Fenner
“There are two things a combat deployment offers which all of us strongly desire. The first, being purpose. Every morning we woke up and knew why we were there. It is immediate and unavoidable. Although, it is extreme and unpleasant, there is a comfort in that purpose. The second, is simplicity. We have one goal. There are relatively simple rules on how to accomplish it, and we understand that just about everything will go wrong. Pretty simple.”
Adam Fenner, Post-Deployment Wisdom For Those Expecting A Returning Service Member

Matthew J. Hefti
“I expected to be happy, but let me tell you something. Anticipating happiness and being happy are two entirely different things. I told myself that all I wanted to do was go to the mall. I wanted to look at the pretty girls, ogle the Victoria's Secret billboards, and hit on girls at the Sam Goody record store. I wanted to sit in the food court and gorge on junk food. I wanted to go to Bath and Body Works, stand in the middle of the store, and breathe. I wanted to stand there with my eyes closed and just smell, man. I wanted to lose myself in the total capitalism and consumerism of it all, the pure greediness, the pure indulgence, the pure American-ness of it all. I never made it that far. I didn't even make it out of the airport in Baltimore with all its Cinnabons, Starbucks, Brooks Brothers, and Brookstones before realizing that after where we'd been, after what we'd seen, home would never be home again.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

Matthew J. Hefti
“The world he had left was not ready for his return, or rather, he was not ready to return to the world he had left.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

“There is no way to imagine what it feels like to be shot at. I will never be with him when he is the most scared.”
Melissa Seligman, The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family, and Reunion

Matthew J. Hefti
“All this is what it means to regret.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

Brian Castner
“My wife is alone in our full bed too. Her husband, the father of her children, never came back from Iraq. When I deployed the first time she asked her grandmother for advice. Her grandfather served in Africa and Europe in World War II. Her grandmother would know what to do.
“How do I live with him being gone? How do I help him when he comes home?” my wife asked.
“He won’t come home,” her grandmother answered. “The war will kill him one way or the other. I hope for you that he dies while he is there. Otherwise the war will kill him at home. With you.”
My wife’s grandfather died of a heart attack on the living-room floor, long before she was born. It took a decade or two for World War II to kill him. When would my war kill me?”
Brian Castner, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Matthew J. Hefti
“Worry only about what you control. The rest is war.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

Robert Patrick Lewis
“It is something that cannot be explained or even understood until you’ve lived it; a man can’t know or fully appreciate his life until he’s been close enough to taste the end of it, and the bonds forged in battle are some of the strongest a man could ever have. We are brothers, the men of ODA 022, and though we didn’t have the same blood running through our veins, we had all shed the blood of others together, and knew that none of us would hesitate to step in the way of fate and take a round or jump on a grenade to save one another.”
Robert Patrick Lewis, Love Me When I'm Gone: The true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war

“Afghanistan changed him, but Iraq sculpted him.”
Melissa Seligman, The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family, and Reunion

Brian Castner
“So when I arrived in Saudi Arabia in August of 2001, as there was no chemical, biological, or nuclear war going on, all I prepared for was to be bored until it was time to go home. Obviously, that plan failed.”
Brian Castner, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Brian Castner
“The Crazy feeling builds and builds. It never stops, it never ends, there is no relief.”
Brian Castner, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Brian Castner
“But the shock wears off, more quickly for some, but eventually for most. Fast food and alcohol are seductive, and I didn’t fight too hard. Your old routine is easy to fall back into, preferences and tastes return. It’s not hard to be a fussy, overstuffed American. After a couple of months, home is no longer foreign, and you are free to resume your old life. I thought I did. Resume my old life, that is. I was wrong.”
Brian Castner, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

“As he moves through his day, sometimes he stops and just stares at me. There is something on the tip of his tongue. But he doesn't say it. I'm not sure he knows what it is.”
Melissa Seligman, The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family, and Reunion

Matthew J. Hefti
“We carry the world. They did. All those young men did. They carried the world, and it was heavy, and they didn't know what to do with it. Was this the rest? Was this the war? Things had already spun out of control and they weren't always as black and white or as right or wrong as Nick liked to think.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

“I hate myself that I wasn't there for him. I hate that I could not feel it in him. How could I not know what had happened? How could I not hear it in his voice, his comments, or in his demeanor? He needed my help, and I couldn't feel it.”
Melissa Seligman, The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family, and Reunion

Matthew J. Hefti
“You’ll never let me go, will you? Giving me the space and freedom I want isn’t your idea of love, is it? You’d rather cut me deep on earth to spare me pain in hell, whereas I think hell is right here.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

“I'm obsessed with trying to recount events as accurately and honestly as possible, but in practice the only thing I'm really any good at is telling you how I feel.”
Jason Christopher Hartley, Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq

Matthew J. Hefti
“I did exactly what you told me to do, Nick. Didn't you tell me to just write the stupid book already? And that even doing the worst thing on the planet had to count for something? Well I can't think of anything worse than what I'm about to do, which is why I think you deserve an explanation. And maybe after you read it you'll realize why I don't have the hope that you have. The truth is this: We begin and end alone.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

Matthew J. Hefti
“For the good that I would: I do not, but the evil which I would not, I do.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

Matthew J. Hefti
“Oh God, what do we do?"
"Do?" Levi said, looking oddly triumphant, like his plans for the night had finally materialized, Like he had been hoping for some disaster like this to happen so he didn't have to be bored anymore. Like even a dying girl in his bathtub was better than calling his mother to confirm that his grandfather actually was dead, and that what he had heard on the answering machine wasn't a mere auditory hallucination. "We save her, of course.”
Matthew J. Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing

“I feel like so much has been left undone. There are friends I won't see before I leave, there are bills I still need to pay. I haven't written as much as I've wanted, and there are countless things I've said that I wish I could correct, but this is a process that will never end. When my grandmother died she left a library full of books she never finished reading. This is how I feel now.”
Jason Christopher Hartley, Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq

Angela Ricketts
“Somehow whether or not the war is winnable is beyond our scope, an irrelevant detail. We don’t do it to win anymore; we do it because it’s what we know how to do. Get ready to go. Get ready to come back. And the moments in between we mark on the calendar. It’s our battle rhythm.”
Angela Ricketts, No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife

Brian Castner
“The Air Force was confused about what it wanted me to be when I grew up. I applied for an ROTC scholarship out of high school because I wanted to be an astronaut. None of my teachers had ever broken the news to me that I couldn’t fly into space, so the third-grade dream remained.”
Brian Castner, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

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