Illustration Matt Battaglia

Ten years after leaving Iraq, the hardwired lessons of war still manage to sneak up on me. The lingering effects of PTSD became clear to me in 2015. I was on a northbound train from New Delhi to the India-Pakistan border, when a chocolate vendor hopped on board our crowded 54-bunk sleeper car. The man across from me declined politely. Then he leaned toward me. I should never buy from the vendors, he said, because sometimes they inject drugs into the food.

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You’ve made career, relocation, and family decisions for what you’ll do after receiving your DD-214, but have you thought about what you’ll do with your hair?

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Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published on the website of Ben Feibleman. Some of the names in this story have been changed. 

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