“When I shipped out to go to Afghanistan. I had never imagined that my biggest battle would be one I now have to fight everyday. A battle for my sanity.”
Imagine going off to war and not knowing if you will ever come back and see your loved ones again. Imagine having to fight in real combat with enemies dedicated to ending your life and so you must fight to end theirs or lose your own. This is the reality of the soldier and that is why many of them come back with PTSD.
Prejudices about soldiers include theories on their motives for signing up, bloodthirstiness, that they are violence prone and talks about living out childhood fantasies of combat scenarios from the computer game, in real life.
Taking out the soldier is a wonderful opportunity to ask. To find out why or how and what life as a soldier entails.