The good and the bad, the love and the loss, the fear of failure and the people I would do anything for till my dying breath. My war story is all of the above, an epic tragedy with a happy ending, of sorts. But ultimately it’s a tale of optimism, about what people do for each other, and the journey that made me a better man. Despite — and because of — the costs. To publish these pictures and to tell this tale at War Stories and Free Beer is a cathartic and yet wholly uncomfortable experience. But I believe there’s value in bringing people together, in sharing experiences from wars that are defining a generation right now. So I hope you’ll come out and hear my story — and a bunch more. Bring questions, the beer’s on us.