The Om Is and the Om Was. It returns from the universe, with the universe, with the pain and the hope and the blood and the helicopters and the artillery rounds falling on Habbaniyah. It returns with my rifle and vest and the Hill of Woe. It returns with driven insight and unwanted knowledge. It returns with the Crazy. It re-enters my chakras and fills me again. It brings the mountain to my feet.

Brian Castner

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Today’s thought for the day comes from the ending of Brian Castner’s memoir The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows. Castner’s story is about his service overseas as an EOD tech and his, somewhat troubling, return home–or as he calls it “The Crazy.” It’s a good book that I think a lot of veterans will connect with. Not to spoil the ending, but the above quote is from the end and can give you a little peek into the journey that Castner takes from experiencing “The Crazy,” to experiencing “The Om.”

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Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony is a Massachusetts based writer and veteran of the U.S. Army. After his service in the Iraq War, he earned a BA in English Literature from Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. He currently spends his free time with his wife and daughter, and volunteering for veteran charities.

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