But I had deployed only once to Iraq. When so many others, including friends of mine, had suffered two, three, four, five, or more deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, why should I be the one enjoying the comfort of flying first-class?
Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq war and the author of The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, Ltd. 2013). His work has appeared recently in The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and the New York Times’ At War blog. Martin has an MFA from Arizona State and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.