"You come home and it's like, 'I missed so much. Where do I fit in? Where do I want to be?' "
Gabriel Perez has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The first time he came home from Iraq, he said he was in an airport when a teen came up to ask him questions about his service. The teen’s mother came up to him and berated him for talking to her son, even though the teen had approached Perez. She didn’t want her son going off to war, Perez said.
“You get mixed views. You get people that support you, you get people that don’t,” Perez said.
People approached him and criticized him for killing kids or other things, he said.