How I Found My Tribe After Leaving The Military

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U.S Army Spc. Brett Hawley, assigned to Alpha Company, 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, 335th Signal Command, fires an M4 carbine rifle during a nighttime fire qualification event during the Army Reserve Command Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 26, 2013.

U.S Army Spc. Brett Hawley, assigned to Alpha Company, 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, 335th Signal Command, fires an M4 carbine rifle during a nighttime fire qualification event during the Army Reserve Command Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 26, 2013.

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Brady Treanor writes: “We won no great peace, for our world or for ourselves. We had nothing but each other. To strip us of that can strip us of purpose, as it does to so many.

At my first internship after the Army, in a small office I sat alone. A knock at the door came from Joe.

He asked me if I was a Ranger in Afghanistan, as he had heard. I said yes.

He told me he was a Marine in Fallujah. A bond discovered like a coin under a mattress.

I met Joe and I met others, and the bonds have grown. We still have each other, we just need the courage to look.”

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