"I used to be a punk and then I went to basic training."
"You have no idea what they’ve seen, what they’ve heard, or what they’ve had to do."
"Ultra-left or ultra-right is a very dangerous thing for this nation. The middle ground is the best way to go."
"You’re young like that you think you’re immortal. You really do."
"I've had four or five guys that I served with who committed suicide."
"It was a long difficult road, and I would do it again if somebody asked me to."
"What I miss most about Afghanistan is the bonding you have with the other guys."
"I was there to take care of people. That’s ultimately why I really wanted to be there."
"As soon as the Americans leave, the Taliban’s going right back in. "
"I almost got killed a few times, almost. Close calls. Close calls."
"We have sweeps, bomb sniffing dogs, that kind of stuff."
"I have a certain respect for the insurgents."
"I used to be a real patient dude, but that's gone away."