The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War In Iraq
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several Iraqi soldiers but was captured and taken hostage. Gunfire in the dream would wake her. She'd touch herself to see if she had been shot in the gun battle and to make sure there was no blood. "What do you mean you don't feel right?" Edwards asked. "I don't feel right," she said. "It's hard to explain." He told Filion to go to the mental-health clinic when she returned from the mission and talk to a doctor. She was already taking an antidepressant and a sleeping pill to help her deal
was going to counseling for her PTSD at Parris Island. She loved going where Marine recruits are trained, because she sees and hears the drill instructors, who motivate her. But she still struggles every day. She has panic attacks that make her feel like she can't breathe. One time she started screaming something about Iraq and tried to jump off a deck. A corporal grabbed her and settled her down. She's not sure what triggers these incidents. She has nightmares, which increased at the end of
the screen. About an hour into the drive, an IED exploded next to the driver's side of Robison's truck. The explosion rocked the Humvee and shot shrapnel into the vehicle. Luckily, none of the soldiers was hit by the flying debris. However, the explosion happened just eight feet from Robison, and the sound was deafening. It felt like someone had popped the inner tube of a tire next to her ear. She asked the soldiers in her truck if they were all right, but she couldn't hear their responses. Her
three-day field training exercise that included a two-mile run with a rucksack on her back. It was a challenging run, but she didn't fall out. She was hurting and wanted to quit, but officers on either side of Rykowski encouraged her. She also led a mission during the same field training exercise, where she learned three things. First, she discovered her "killer face" and a great set of lungs. Second, she should trust her subordinates. And third, missions never go according to plan. She met or
her to show him her stuff. He made her work harder to get him to behave. When Rykowski had a bad day at a horse show or lesson, Chappel grounded her. He would bump her face with his nose as if to say, "Hey, I'm still here. It's going to be okay. You're crying now, but I'd like dinner. How about getting me a carrot?" Once she entered adulthood, Rykowski and Chappel became equals. She had earned his respect. Now it's about them spending time together. He thinks she's the best. Nothing else