David Peters


As Interviewed by Carson White Wenner, March 16, 2018
"Even if you put the clock in front of me, I wouldn't turn it back."
David Peters

Introductory Profile: About David Peters

David Peters, as of 2018 age 42, served in the Iraq War as a chaplain. The position of a chaplain is close to that of a therapist and a priest mixed together. Religious houses (churches, temples, synagogues, etc.) will send chaplains to serve, and their job is to keep moral and belief strong. When a troop in the given battalion has problems, chaplains are usually the first they go-to.

On Friday, March 16th, 2018, around 2:00, we met in a library near South Congress. The library was cool, with a slight whir, and the smell of both new old books, making a sort of musky scent -- a nice contrast to the blazing, pollen filled air.

The main reason for the location was the peaceful setting for an interview, and a nice place to de-stress when recalling traumatic memories. David walked in with a blue water bottle, looked around for a second, and spotted us. Despite knowing the memories he was about to have to recall, he was still fairly cheerful.

We sat around in rusty-brown and covered the Iraq war and how he slowly got a “dripping” PTSD, but we also covered war stories, problems with the Army, regrets, and PTSD symptoms and how he actually attained them.