Barb, tell your brother we wish him luck and look forward to his return.
As far as combat changing people, don't forget the civilians caught in the crossfire. My parents were teenagers in the Netherlands during WWII. You can see it in thier eyes and hear it in thier voices how the events of that war affected them. Death, Destruction, Despair, Liberation, Hope. My Mother readily talks about her experiences in Rotterdam, while my Father does not say much about his experiences in a small town on the Dutch/German border. They both saw different things and were both affected in different ways.
My younger brother served in the U.S Navy in the 80's. During the Qadafi threat. His battle group sailed towards Libya at one point. He came back different. Heck, basic chaged him. I think they put him on the rack and made him taller.
So yes, from someone who has only seen the results from afar, combat and/or service will change a person on one level or another. It is inevitable.
Last edited by PeteC; October 17th, 2006 at 04:48 PM.