Peter van Agtmael

American Wars: 9-Line

Jason Thompson waits to have his wounds cleaned after his humvee was hit by an IED in Baghdad.  He was returned to duty within a few days.  Another soldier injured in the explosion was filled with bitterness.  After having his light injuries treated, he joined the rest of the crew outside to smoke a cigarette.  He told them that he was supposed to have been on leave in the U.S. that week, but that it had been cancelled.  Earlier in the deployment, his father had died in a plane crash, and he flew home from Iraq for the funeral.  When he requested his normal leave, the army refused the request because he'd already been home when his father died.
Jason Thompson waits to have his wounds cleaned after his humvee was hit by an IED in Baghdad. He was returned to duty within a few days. Another soldier injured in the explosion was filled with bitterness. After having his light injuries treated, he joined the rest of the crew outside to smoke a cigarette. He told them that he was supposed to have been on leave in the U.S. that week, but that it had been cancelled. Earlier in the deployment, his father had died in a plane crash, and he flew home from Iraq for the funeral. When he requested his normal leave, the army refused the request because he'd already been home when his father died.