Iraq Veterans Questioning Why They Went In The First Place
Iraq war veterans who saw their friends die want to know why they were asked to make sacrifices, as they see the country unravel.
Three years after American boots left the ground, Veterans who saw their fellow friends and soldiers bleed and cry and die are now questioning why they ever went in the first place.
Iraq War Vet Joe Dimond is one of those men.
“You’d be lying if you weren’t sitting at home saying, ‘What the hell was that all for?’” Dimond says. “It’s devastating. Sure, the blood sweat and tears, but even being away from your family for that long. All the little things that people don’t think about. And you’re saying, ‘For what?’ now.”
Dimond, a former Marine Sgt. on the ground in 2006, said all the pain and death felt like it meant something if it meant stability for the country.
Now, after the withdrawal of American Troops revealed even more instability and larger insurgency, Dimond says the military community only feels resentment…
“My post-traumatic stress right now is at its highest level that it could be,” says Sam Console (pictured), a proud veteran who served with the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in the city of Baiji…
“It really is time for Iraq to step up,” Console says. “And if they’re coming south, let them put everybody they can hold together on the line and push back to the north.”