Essay Non-Fiction posted November 11, 2013

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A story of veterans

Do Not Cry

by cleo85

Not all veterans are old; some are young, very young.

He was 18 when he joined the army. He learned driving the vehicles.

He was 20 when he went to Afghanistan. He did know; there were mines and suicide bombings. But those were things which happen to others. When he said bye to his mom and his girlfriend; he told them:

"Don't cry. I will be fine."

He was 21 when he drove on a mine. He was spending weeks in a maze. He was sedated; but the pain came through. When he woke up in the ICU; he told his mom and his girlfriend:

"Do not cry; I will be fine".

Sometime later that year, his girlfriend left him for someone else. She could not bear the pressure of spending the rest of her life with a wounded warrior. He kept a stern face; but when he woke late at night, his face was wet with tears. Waves of loss, grief and anger rolled over his maimed body; but when his mom came on the next day he said:

"Mom; do not cry. I will be fine".

He is 24 now, he had learned to use his mechanical arm and walk on his prostheses. He does sports. He is good at it.

Do not cry; he will be fine, will he?

His wounds are not bleeding anymore; but there are wounds, which never heal, the wounds of the soul. The wounds you do not see are the worse.


[The story is based on reality. Names are not made public, to protect privacy]
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