Like soldiers who have just returned from war, we fight a separate battle daily in an attempt to leave the war behind. Many soldiers, just like myself, come home from war only to fight a different internal battle, with debilitating illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It was important for me to share my story not only for myself but for those who have fought, for those who have fallen, and for those who continue to wage war for the United States of America to continue to remain free. The price of freedom is not free. War is chaos, and many soldiers bear the scars from it for the rest of our lives.
On the seventeenth day of February 1987, Author and Poet: Michael Lee Womack was born in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina. While coming up through elementary, middle, and high school, Mr. Womack was extremely shy, but he had a love for the ladies. His love for the ladies would eventually give birth to his love for poetry. When he was in middle school and high school, he was known for writing poems for every beautiful woman that he was too shy to speak to. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Womack graduated from Lee Senior High School. Approximately one month after reaching this landmark in his life, Mr. Womack became a part of something bigger than anything that he had ever been a part of, “The United States Army”.
Mr. Womack enlisted into “The United States Army” on the 30th of June 2005. From there, he would embark upon a journey unlike any other. Mr. Womack attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, so that he could serve his country as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. Upon the completion of his training at Fort Knox, The United States Army assigned him to The 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment of The 25th Infantry Division. During the years of 2006- 2007, he would deploy as a Cavalry Scout with The 3rd Squadron 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment located out of the Pacific Island of Hawaii in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2008, this hard-working soldier was ready to move on to another duty station. Michael’s next landing spot in the army would once again be Fort Knox, Kentucky. While there, he would spend the next year of his life in the 1st Squadron, 16th U.S. Cavalry Regiment working with the OPFOR (opposing force) that assisted in the training of fresh, new army lieutenants. After spending the first three years of his Army career serving honorably as a Calvary Scout, this trooper sought to learn another skill. As he continued his journey to the home of the United States Army Signal Corps, also known as Fort Gordon, the state of Georgia would soon be his next home. It would be there where he would learn the skills required to be a 25 Sierra Satellite Communication Systems Operator/Maintainer.
After obtaining the knowledge required to carry out the duties of his new occupation, Michael Womack would continue to “soldier on” to Fort Stewart, Georgia, home of The 3rd Infantry Division. Shortly after meeting his new army family, Charlie Company 4-3 BSTB, Michael deployed with them to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn from the summer of 2010 until the summer of 2011. Three years after that, he would see his army career come to a close, and on the 27th of May 2014, Michael Womack was medically retired from the military. Upon his departure from the military, Mr. Womack would have problems adjusting to civilian life. However, his first love, poetry, literally saved him.
Through your reading of his newest book, From A Soldier’s Perspective, Michael hopes that you gain much insight from what life was like for him as a soldier, as well as what life has been like for him as a veteran. With this new book, Mr. Womack hopes to raise awareness of the internal wars that veterans fight with PTSD.