For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.
When I signed up for the military, I was hoping to make a better world. Instead I helped make it more dangerous. I wanted to do right by my family and my country. Looking back, it's clear enough to me that my lack of knowledge about the actual mission we were undertaking betrayed me -- and you and us.
While I praise and appreciate TIME's selection of the "Ebola Fighters" as their "Person of the Year," and although TIME briefly mentions "the promise of U.S. troops to build treatment units," this author is at a loss as to why our military men and women were not explicitly included in TIME's Person of the Year.