I was introduced to Paul Bennett via a Facebook group I belong to. Paul was in the Marine Corps, deployed to Iraq, then got out and started up a photography studio.
Paul's old unit was having a pre-deployment Family Day in October and he went down to wish his old friends "Godspeed".
His post is one I think we'll all identify with on several levels.
Just go and read it. You won't be sorry you did. Also, check out his professional photography site.. He has some wonderful pictures from Iraq. (And yeah...I'm back. Blogging hiatus over.)