There is a lot of wisdom in Ernest Hemingway’s quote: “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and like it, never care for anything else thereafter.”
Don’t be scared, I’m not saying that we have a bunch of veteran psychopaths amongst us.
And I’m also not saying that my fellow battlefield veterans and I are fearless, or that combat doesn’t scare us.
Most veterans who have long-term exposure to being “downrange” in a combat zone may not be comfortable admitting that, although it’s scary, horrible and often lethal, most miss it dearly like a lover that isn’t good for us.
People seem to intuitively think it’s the adrenaline of directly confronting a life and death situation. But that’s not completely true.