One Year Later: My Real Father’s Day

Home Fires: Five Iraq War Veterans on Their Return to American Life
June 20, 2007, 6:58 pm
By Lee Kelley

I have never cried much. In fact, I could probably count on one hand how many times I had really cried, as an adult, up until the time I came home from Iraq. During my tour, I couldn’t even shed a tear at my mom’s memorial service. I felt cold and numb because of everything going on around me. Not callous, just gifted at compartmentalizing emotions. I’ve cried more in the last year than I have in a lifetime. But here’s the catch. They have all been tears of joy, in moments where I am simply overwhelmed and feel so very lucky to be home with my kids.

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