A United States Army Private who has returned from a grueling 9 month tour of Iraq has begun the transition back to civilian life by playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The 22-year-old soldier had told his fellow members in his unit that Modern Warfare was one of the things he was most looking forward to ‘Stateside’.
“The graphics are so good,” he reportedly said to a wounded member of his unit. “It’s so realistic.”
Now, a month back in his home town of Tacoma, the man takes a break from rounds of Gunfight to talk to us about how he’s settling in.
“Being back home is great,” he tells us. “You get real sense of pride serving your country, but it’s nothing compared to going 6-0 against a couple of screaming pre-teens in a game of Gunfight.”
The man also introduces us to his new finance, who he met 3 weeks ago.
“When we got to the second date and he hadn’t proposed, I started to get a bit worried,” she confesses. “I told him it was Modern Warfare or me.”
“Fortunately, he came to his senses and we’re so happy,” she continues. “I’m just pleased he can use it as an escape from the horrors he saw over there.”
“She’s been really understanding,” the man says. “She understands when I’m keen to play game and she goes off and does some work.”
The woman is self employed and works two jobs, selling Essential Oils as part of an MLM, as well as a baby gender reveal party planner.
“Hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be planning one for us,” she smiles.
Of course, the threat of redeployment hangs over the man’s head. It’s something he’s dreading.
“You won’t believe some of the horrors I saw over there,” he whispers. “The atrocities that the locals were capable of.”
We ask him what his duties were and if he can go into detail. He swallows.
“I’m a programmer,” he says. “I was responsible in instructing the new Iraqi government in software and security best practices.”
“Some of their existing code was in PHP,” he says, shaking. “No matter how long you spend at boot camp, nothing can truly prepare you for that.”