Resar, fall, 2018
When a war was over, the troops came home. They didn't always come home the same way, but for the most part, they came home.
Some came home to the joyful arms of loved ones that waited desperately for their return.
They are amazed at how much their family has grown.
They greet new lives and vow to never leave again.
As if the choice is up to them.
Others return to the arms of those that waited for them, desperate to see their face. Their bodies lowered into the cold earth.
These are also the lucky troops, as some troops never return to their home soil and are forever classified as missing.
Then there are those troops that return home, but not whole. Instead they too are missing. Sometimes it's a limb, or several limbs destroyed in enemy fire.
They have dealt with hours of agonizing surgeries and long recoveries. They come back pieces of their former selves.
Other times, it's not so obvious what is missing. It lies buried beneath their eyes. Eyes that have seen too much and experienced things that they rather forget...but can't.
Yes, when a war is over, the troops come home.
The ROS for the war is over. All the troops: Lainey Herendez, Verde Herendez and Brandon Peterson returned home alive. Verde Herendez lost both of his legs in the war and as a result has prosthetics and has been honorably discharged from the military.