Who does that? I'm surprised he didn't ask the both of you to play beer pong! Santana is a character all right. He's always laughing, and has some sort of smart a** remark to everything. I hope you are able to make it to the wedding. My family is anxious to meet you guys!
Hey Brendan, I am Sebastian's agent and, having ready every single draft of WAR and seen various rough cuts of "Restrepo" I almost feel like I know you. Just wanted to say hello and thanks for all the support you've given Sebastian and the project. I will be at the Barnes & Noble reading in NY on May 11th, so if you're there I'd love to buy you a round at the Half King. Cheers, Stuart
Hope you are doing well Brendan. The book really opens my eyes to a small part of what that war experience might be like. Then again, I can't even begin to imagine. Thanks for your willingness to serve the greater good. So few of us have the experience of actually caring more for others than ourselves. Would love to hear more from you about that sense, and what it is like now stateside.
Hi Brendan, Thank you for attending the Q&A at the Angelika. You did a great job answering some delicate questions. I had been following Battle Company even before the book and the documentary. Capt Kearney was a contact I supported through the anysoldier website. I am happy to see that you are overcoming some of the struggles that seem common among returning soldiers. My son returned from 15 month in Iraq with many of the same issues. Thank you for sharing your experience with us civilians
Hi Brendan, thank you so much for writing back to me. It is true that few of us who have never served in war can really understand what you have gone through, and are going through now. Maybe that is why I wrote to you in the first place. I really want to know., I think of what you have done as an act of heroism. Regardless of how any of you guys got into the military, the willingness to serve is admirable. It seems like being shot at would be an incredible rush of energy, where you might have felt really alive, maybe because you knew it can all change so radically in the next moment. I have found in some much less dramatic ways, that when you step out of what you know, like day to day life here in the US, and into something completely different, it does make you feel more alive. Your senses are heightened and that quality of attention makes even a quiet place seem more alive.
I have thought about you and your fellow soldiers alot since seeing Sebastian at a Portland bookstore. I think you all have alot to offer. It is so rare in our American way of life to ever truly be concerned for the well being of others. More likely our concern for others is more centered around how to get what they have. So a willingness to lay it on the line for the good of the whole, the well being of others, is a great example of how to live in a meaningful way.
No doubt there is no way to re-create that adrenaline rush of combat, but maybe there is a way to be part of something bigger. Not sure what that would look like, but maybe something will come up.
I am sorry about the drinking issues. This too seems a normal human reaction to what you have gone through. I hope you keep talking about it, sharing, and continue to look into that combat experience to see what you can take away that would be of value to you and to society.
I have always admired soldiers and what they do for their country. I can finally have a peek about soldier-ing lives through War. I hope you can share some of your experience and your friends' too! If possible, what do you think about wars. Is war really inducing peace?
Take care and all the best,
koon yee :)
Brendan - Thank you for taking the time to make the trip up to Boston for the screening last Thursday. Y'all are exemplary representatives of "The Herd" and I wish you the best in life as Mr. O'Byrne.
-The artist formerly known as "SGT G"
3 PLT A BTRY 4/319th Camp Lybert OEF VIII
Brendan my name is Janice I think that Elli Brecher may have spoken to you about us. My son Jorge was Juan AKA Doc Restrepo's best friend growing up in Florida. Please feel free to contact us. If you do not have information to contact us then let Elli know she will give you the information. I am thankful for those of you that were there for him. I know how hard it is for us and we know it was so much harder to be there. Prayers for you and all of the men who served with you and serve our country.
It was good meeting you and hearing you speak at the Albany,NY preview and Q&A last month.
Your'e not the only Army guy I met who has a Jardhead girl or wife :)
Hit me up if your'e ever in upstate NY again, I'd like to buy you dinner or a beverage or two.
I hope the movie/book tour is going good for you guys!
I just found this website after reading Junger's book. It made me think a lot about how all you combatants are managing in the civilian world, and the ways in which civilians might be of help in your transitions... Right now I have no answers. But i'll work on it until I do. Many blessings upon you.
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