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American Soldier says,
My wife and I were driving on a highway today and she was getting off the ramp to get on the actual highway. Well we had been driving for a little while and I am still getting use to being a passenger in a civilian car in the US. So I was already sort of piped up from the drive thus far.
We pulled onto the road and this car was speeding up the right lane and nearly ran my wife and I off the road….I turned and saw the car on the left rear side of our car. The guy raised his arm up and flipped us off and pushed on his horn.
I literally felt the adrenaline pour into my veins. I clenched my fists. I remember my wife telling me to calm down and to ignore it but I couldn’t. I wanted to physically hurt this guy. The car was still behind us and got in the other lane. I tried to calm down and just as I began the guy drove by again and flipped us off again!
I saw red!
The guy got on my side and the traffic ahead of us was slowing up. The guy looked at me through my window and lipped the words “Fuck….You!” I rolled down my window and almost came out of it. I exchanged some words with him and I do remember saying, “What the fuck guy, you see I’m a veteran, what’s your problem?” I have veteran plates on my vehicle. I probably would have calmed down a bit but he was persistent in making his point in telling us to fuck off.
He even gestured and asked me to pull over and we can take care of this. I am glad I was not driving. I probably would have really hurt this guy.
I don’t think the guy should treat me any different because I am a Veteran, I don’t expect it. It was just my knee jerk reaction and what I said. At the moment when that happened I felt like the guy was personally attacking me and belittling me and my wife. After all I did for this country I felt sort of disgraced and this guy was the outlet for that anger.
My wife and I were talking about it later on down the road and I told her that I have a feeling that I might be dealing with some type of anger/ptsd issues. I’m not a fool; I know I have some issue stemming from the war. I was in a zone that you had to defend yourself constantly.
This is going to be tough for me and I feel it already. I ought to avoid driving in general. I don’t want to make a mistake and regret it later.