My First Time Going to War

A frat boy joins the military to pay for college but ends up on the frontlines in the War on Terror

Benjamin Sledge
Human Parts
Published in
9 min readNov 7, 2018

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Photo: Vladimir Palyanov/Unsplash

“Hollywood” was the moniker they gave me.

Amid the simulated explosions, flash-bang grenades, and pop pop pop of simunition, my elbow rested on a concrete window ledge. Using the ledge as a prop for my left arm, I jammed the…

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Benjamin Sledge
Human Parts

Multi-award winning author | Combat wounded veteran | Mental health specialist | Occasional geopolitical intel | Graphic designer | https://benjaminsledge.com