Don Gomez is an infantry officer in the US Army. He is Iraq war veteran who served two tours as an enlisted infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2003 and 2005. He blogs at Carrying the Gun.

Bloody Secrets

From an outpost in Afghanistan an Army officer tries to come to terms with the dual legacies of war—that something so awful could be the best time of a young man’s life.


Days before the anniversary of Pat Tillman’s death, the Army added Humanism to its list of official religious preferences. It’s an overdue recognition of Tillman and other secular believers.

War Games

After more than a decade of war, video games still provide the primary view of the military for most young Americans. Army officer and gamer, Don Gomez on why that’s a problem.

What was once a day to remember old men of long-past wars has become a time to honor kids who were killed just yesterday. Iraq war veteran Don Gomez on mourning’s new generation.