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A Damn Good Man

A Damn Good Man

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Published by Tom Matlack
My second deployment was, for lack of a better term, a shit show. In 2005, instead of being a division mental health asset, three of us were dedicated to all nine hundred people of a battalion.
My second deployment was, for lack of a better term, a shit show. In 2005, instead of being a division mental health asset, three of us were dedicated to all nine hundred people of a battalion.

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Soldier,Firefighter,Shrink (andDamn GoodMan).
Tom Matlack talks withVeterans OutreachCoordinator Bob Davis for 
The Good Men ProjectMagazine.
 
BobDavis
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GeneralHospitalHomeBaseProgram.BobhasbeenanArmyreservistformorethantwelve
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inBoston.HeservedtwotoursofdutyinIraq,duringwhichhewasawardedtheBronzeStar,
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TomMatlack
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andmakingmoney.Thenacoupleyearslater,Iwas18yearsoldandmygirlfriendwaspreg-
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Igotasensemonthsinadvancethatweweregoingtodeploy,becausementalhealthassets
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services.
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weretherefor.
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
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
haveyourback.Andinthemidstofallthat,youyourselfneedtobeaforcetobereckonedwith.
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
everbefore–achancetogrowveryclosetothem.ItwasSecondBrigadecombatteamofthe

thisgroupwasunfortunatelyinvolvedinanincidentyoumayhaveheardaboutinthepress:Four
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on-Sunniviolence.Andforseveralmonths,nobodywasthewiser.Lookedlikealocalincident.

Thereasonthisweighssoheavyisthatintheperiodbetweentheeventhappeninganditcoming
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ofthisfamilycametousforhelp,claimingcombat-relatedconcerns.Ofthefour,mypsychiatrist
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courtlastyear.
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