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David W. Peters
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David W. Peters served as an enlisted Marine 1994-2000 and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as an Army Chaplain in 2005. He is currently an Episcopal priest and Army Reserve Chaplain in Austin, TX. His article, "A Spiritual War: Crises of Faith in Combat Chaplains from Iraq and Afghanistan," in Listening on the Edge: Oral History and Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2014). His latest book, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War is part memoir, part comic lament on the three greatest subject of our mythic imagination. Death Letter is forthcoming from Tactical 16 Press this summer.

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Here's Why Veterans Don't Talk About It

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:14 PM

In my conversations with veterans I often hear from their family members that, "He just never talks about it." Stories connect people, and veterans' families and friends want that connection, but veterans still don't talk about it. Why?

Each veteran has a different reason. Many times we feel the...

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Why Fireworks Make Me Cry

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 7:23 PM

I was at the hospital Thursday night, celebrating the 4th of July in my own way. I was not injured, I work there, so my behavior did not arouse any attention. Most people I know, and especially my two sons, love fireworks so I try to disappear on July 4th....

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I Was an Unemployed Veteran

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 10:53 AM

The army was my first full-time job after graduate school. During my seven years in uniform, I did some difficult things, but leaving the army and becoming an unemployed veteran was the most difficult thing I have ever done.

I resigned my active duty commission so I could live...

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Remembering the Rockets of Gaza and Baghdad: An Iraq Veteran Visits Israel

(13) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 3:04 PM

I remember being in Israel the last time rockets were being fired from Gaza. It was January 2009 and I wasn't a journalist or a tourist. I was a recent Iraq war veteran trying to figure out how I felt about the Middle East. In the weeks leading up to...

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Never Call Them Heroes

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 11:50 AM

Never call them heroes, because they are not. In all my years as an enlisted Marine and an Army chaplain, I never once heard a combat veteran call another service member a hero, unless it was a joke. A hero, in Greek mythology, is a demi-god. Half-man, half-god, they were...

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