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June 17, 2013

Becoming a Marine -- twice

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Being on a deployment is like living with people you love and people you hate for six months. You are with these people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You share food, gear, stories and much more. You develop bonds with these people that will never be broken and friendships that will last a lifetime. 

There is no privacy living in a tent with 20 people. In the early stages of the war in Iraq, even going to the bathroom was a challenge.

My vehicle’s only armor back then was a bulletproof windshield and quarter-inch steel doors with cutouts so you could see. Luckily, our understanding of the enemy and technology has both improved over the last decade.

Some things change, and some don’t. Ten years ago I didn’t think I’d be back in a foreign country still fighting a war. Well, here I am. Two tours in Iraq and currently on my second to Afghanistan. I’m now married with a 3-year-old son, and that changes everything. My whole perspective on life has changed. I’ll be proud to tell my son what I’ve done when this is all over. Hopefully he won’t have to grow up in a world at war.

Sgt. Joshua Bujalski is a a 2002 Roy-Hart graduate. He has agreed to periodically correspond with the Journal-Register until his return date in November.

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