The boys of Metallica have done it again.
They may or may not be to your taste, but for me, the song One from …And Justice For All always summed up what I knew to be the horrors of war. I think back to my own personal soundtracks through all of the deployments, and One was always on the list. It’s officially considered an anti-war song, but the reality of it always struck me. For those who don’t know, the song chronicles a soldier who returns from war who lost their hearing, sight, ability to speak, and all of his limbs due to a landmine. A Metallica fan from before I joined the Army, the song brought new meaning after I experienced combat myself.
As I mentioned, they knocked it out of the park again, in my opinion. On 18 November 2016, they released their latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. One of the songs on the album, Confusion, is about veterans who have returned from combat, only to find the battle still raging inside their heads.
Wake to face the day
Grab this life and walk away
War is never done
Rub the patch and battle on…
Just as impactful as the song, however, is the video. Take some time to watch it here; if you’ve deployed to combat, it may hit you in the gut. I know it did so to me the first time I watched it.
Do all veterans experience this drastic back-and-forth after returning from combat? Of course not. Does it perpetuate the stereotype of the battle-scarred veteran that can’t readjust to real life? Maybe, but then again, it is as much art as reality. It’s the fact that this is a glimpse of what it is like in the mind of some veterans.
Coming home from war
Pieces don’t fit anymore…
This is what some veterans experience, put to music and represented in video format. We can tear apart the fact that she wouldn’t be patrolling herself, the scarf is unauthorized, all the other stuff, but miss the point: this is a very real experience for many veterans. At the same time, it doesn’t have to stay that way…there is help out there.
Rapid is the road to sacrifice
Just takes longer to come home…
This is the challenge that many veterans face. They are quick to sacrifice, the service that they provide for their brothers and sisters, to endure hardship. It does take longer to come home, but coming home is not impossible…it only is if the veteran thinks it is.
There does not have to be a never ending war. The guns can go silent. All it takes is to reach out for help.
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