Adam Driver, the Marine infantry veteran who left the Corps and made a career as a television star on HBO’s Girls before landing the role of Kylo Ren in the Star Wars reboot, is launching a playwriting contest for current and former service members.
What if instead of (mostly) dapper super thieves, the crew of “Ocean’s 11” was comprised of a bomb maker with a bad dye job, an out of work construction worker, a one-armed bartender, and at least one computer wiz who “knows all the Twitters?”
On April 10, 2012, Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, a soldier with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was on a routine patrol in Afghanistan when he placed his assault pack on the ground and triggered an improvised explosive device. Mills was 24 years old and on his third combat deployment. The explosion amputated all four of his limbs.
There’s no roadmap for getting out of the military. You sign your terminal leave papers, toss your reflective belt into the dumpster, hop in your car, and race through those front gates like you just robbed a bank. Poof, you’re a civilian again. Now what?