“The common theme through all the stuff that we were doing, everywhere we went the Iraqis always told me that we shouldn’t be there, that their lives were better before we got there and that now there lives were ruined because we were there…. On top of seeing things I didn’t agree with I was finding out I was completely lied to… The military teaches you to dehumanize people; you can’t pull a trigger on someone you feel equal with, you just can’t.  Being in Iraq though, I actually learned to see the Iraqis as equals.”

Jason Hurd, Iraq War Veteran from Kingsport, TN (image by Jon Orlando)
“The common theme through all the stuff that we were doing, everywhere we went the Iraqis always told me that we shouldn’t be there, that their lives were better before we got there and that now there lives were ruined because we were there…. On top of seeing things I didn’t agree with I was finding out I was completely lied to… The military teaches you to dehumanize people; you can’t pull a trigger on someone you feel equal with, you just can’t. Being in Iraq though, I actually learned to see the Iraqis as equals.” Jason Hurd, Iraq War Veteran from Kingsport, TN
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