"I just remember him walking off into the darkness, and the darkness engulfing him. "
"It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall."
"I don't know how many I sent home..."
"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people..."
"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."
"I didn't even recognize myself."
"My brothers were like my soul mates..."
"Next thing I know, I hear the loudest explosion..."
"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."
"The disconnect is huge."
"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."
"I wanted to kneel where Mike fell..."
"I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning..."
"The last 22 years would have been hell without you."
"At three years of age, you just started playing..."
"How did it make you feel to leave us for your deployment?"
"When you came home, if it's not best day ever, it's top five."
"He was trying extremely hard to get back on track."
"She said, 'Stacy, I've gotta go,' and she hung up on me."
"It was hard not to be mom."
"He chose to volunteer and go back for a second tour."
"We were about as close as people that don't speak the same language can be."
"All I saw were soldiers with rifles, and machine-gun fire coming at me."
"This medal was very precious to my parents."
"They asked me to blow 'Taps' for all who died in the war."
"Do you remember your first day being a teacher?"
"I've never seen you turn anybody away."
"What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul."
"My first question was, 'Do you have the right guy?'"
"If there is a hell on earth, it's got to be that."
"She died on an incident that I sent her on."
"Some guys couldn't handle it."
"It changed me forever."
"A Staff Sergeant went through my cell phone and saw some of the text messages that I had to my boyfriend."
"He had long eyelashes that any woman would die for."
"In 1966 I enlisted in the army for service in Vietnam. At that same time, Don was battling his diabetes."
"I didn't know if I was ever going to see you again."
"It was one of those miracles at The Wall."
"She still thought I was in Iraq."
"We went down there in a Pullman..."
"We nicknamed him The Tiger because he was so mean..."
"One of the soldiers was crying..."
"When all the parents leave, it goes crazy..."
"The day that we put him on the plane was one of the saddest days of my life."
"We were always looking up to Travis..."
"In 1944 my brother, Joe, was in the service..."
"What was the biggest change about you from Vietnam?"
"What was it like being a chaplain at war in Vietnam?"
"We went on a honeymoon, and then I was gone to Afghanistan."
"I still see him in my dreams."
"I'm sure for the rest of his life he's had nightmares and he's had a tortured, tortured soul."