Originally Posted by crich70
I don't know how it affected others but the 1st conflict (Desert Storm) had a profound effect on one of my cousins. He was never the same afterwards (or so I heard later) and is no longer with us as a result.
Yes, of course you're right; the invasion has had a devastating effect on many of those who served in Iraq, just as being conscripted to Vietnam had a devastating effect on one of my brothers. David does mention this, but mainly I think so that we avoid doing it to other young men in future.