Updated: In the Valley of War

Josh Aguilar is a veteran of war. He joined the U.S. Army in 2000 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division where he remained until he retired in June 2011. He served 3 deployments to Iraq over the course of 11 years. His deployments were rigorous. Josh's unit engaged in day-to-day combat and many lives were lost. Throughout the years, the effects of war became an unstoppable force, both on the front and back at home. During his tours he witnessed and suffered tremendous loss and now more than ever feels the weight of his experiences. The darkness of depression and unforgiving post-traumatic stress holds him in a place somewhere between war and life as a civilian. Everyday is now a battle to pull through, to remember but never forget.

My time spent with Josh was emotional. His stories are deeply painful but I found his honesty and vulnerability even more touching. I've always been against the war but believe,  you can support our veterans without supporting the war. Thank you Josh.