Week 3 Ligocki
"Meeting with Myles"
As I was transcribing the first interview I had with Myles, a few remarkable things crossed my mind. The stories Myles told me were compelling; some were hilarious, like the time his lieutenant, who’s a Chicago Bears fan, turned Myles', who’s a Green Bay Packers fan, bunk into a Bears shrine; others were scary, like when the military trunk he was traveling in hit a road bomb while on a night mission. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
The stories that caused the most wonder were of how his family dealt with his enlistment and deployment, and how they were affected by it.
Myles said he has a twin brother, one half sister and one step sister, a mother, father and stepmother. His uncle and grandfather are also veterans; his uncle served in the Vietnam war, and the stories his uncle shared inspired him to enlist.
During the interview, I asked him how his mother reacted when finding out about his deployment. He didn’t share as much as I hoped, but he did share that she was very worried. His father, on the other hand, expressed how proud he was. These seemed like normal reactions of family members when finding out a loved one is being deployed to war. But the compelling reactions occurred after Myles returned home.
The reaction that stuck out was his father’s during one of Myles' ‘episodes,’ or as he called it, “a panic attack.”
Myles was staying with his father when he was awoken in the wee hours of the morning by a ‘bang,’ from a garbage truck. This startled him, making him think he was back in the Middle East. He was screaming, searching the entire house for his weapon, and his father had to calm him down. I wonder how hard it was for his father to see that and to deal with.