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If I Could Turn Back Time

When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love Him.” Psalm 116:15 The Message
The first time I talked with Major P, was almost ten years ago. I was having a hard time deciphering the metered speech of a “flat affect,” one of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The exchange between us has become one of my favorite stories to retell.
That evening I had donned a Tina Turner wig, some outrageous 70’s disco outfit and was doing my best to make the group of wounded warriors and their spouses relax, have fun, and be comfortable with a new set of strangers looking to “help.” I shared an embarrassing family anecdote about my sons seeing me driving down the highway.

“There I was on I-35 with Cher cranked up on my portable CD player. I was happy, I was rocking out, and I was head banging and fist shaking to the hit ‘If I Could Turn Back Time.’ Just as I was really expressing myself, a pick-up truck pulls alongside me. I was not about to let some kids spoil the mo…

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