War Veteran's Twitter Thread About Crazy Chance Encounter Is A Feels Trip

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    Text - odp @dyllyp 14h I told this story about #refugees a couple years ago on Veterans Day with a humorous slant. I'm going to tell it again today, unfiltered. 1,084 29.5K 38.7K odp @dyllyp 14h Years ago, on my first deployment to Iraq, I befriended a local boy, Brahim, who would quickly become one of our interpreters. 1,241 19 3,342 odp @dyllyp 14h He was able to do so, bc the turnover rate for local nationals work with us was enormous. And not bc they quit, bc they were killed 1,102 2,925 4
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 14h Besides the money, we were able to get them to volunteer with us by promising them refugee status in the U.S. if they completed a tour. 1,115 2,961 odp @dyllyp 14h (But really, I think the chain of command knew that most interpreters wouldn't make it through their contracts alive.) 1,036 1 2,775 odp @dyllyp 14h Anyway, Brahmin would tell me about all the family members he lost in the conflict--brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, all of em 1,036 2 2,727
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 14h He told me how he lived in a one bedroom house with 7 people. No clean, power every other week because of the rolling blackouts, etc. 1,021 2 2,703 odp @dyllyp 14h He told me how they did have the basic necessities most days and that him volunteering w/ us was one of their sole sources of income. 1,021 1 2,731 odp @dyllyp 14h One day, I went down to the PX and bought him $20, maybe $30 worth of toiletries. Nbd really. Just didn't want dude to smell like shit. 1,076 7 2,938
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 14h When I presented it to him, he cried Literally bawled his eyes out and said he give his life for me. OVER SOAP. Completely sobering. 1,324 8 4,981 odp @dyllyp 14h He spent the next year acting as our liaison, providing us with valuable intel, essentially saving our lives on a daily basis. At 16 1,140 4 3,840 odp @dyllyp 14h At the end of my tour in Iraq, I knew I was leaving him to die. I knew I'd never see him again. Was just kinda like "take care kid." 1,091 3,036 3
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 14h Fast forward 5-years. And I'm flying home to Phoenix to bury my little brother who was brutally murdered. (Gun violence is another subj.) 1,061 3,295 3 odp @dyllyp 14h I remember the day like it was yesterday. I cried my eyes out all the way from Hawaii to Arizona. Fucking brutal. 983 2 2,824 odp @dyllyp 13h Spend 6 years fighting wars and you don't expect to get a phone call that your kid brother was randomly murdered in a carjacking. 1,021 3 3,109
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 13h Anyway, I land in Arizona and it's pouring. Hop off and walk down to the taxi stand. (Uber's weren't really thing in 2013.) 996 2 2,643 odp @dyllyp 13h I get in the first taxi that pulls up and we're off. Driver starts to make the standard small talk. Where you from, what do you do, etc. 1,029 1 2,677 odp @dyllyp 13h I tell him I just got out of the military and blah blah. He says "oh great. I love the military. You ever travel anywhere?" 2 997 2,658
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 13h Tell him, "Sure. Been to every corner of the globe. Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc." He says "Oh! I'm from Iraq! What part?" 1,014 1 2,686 odp @dyllyp 13h I say "Kirkuk, mostly." And he says "Im from Kirkuk." And then gets really fucking quiet. Like awkwardly quiet. Making me nervous quiet. 1,050 2 3,079 odp @dyllyp 13h My first thought is I killed one of his family members and he recognizes me. And now im literally getting ready to bail out of the cab 1,038 2 2,874
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 13h I see him staring at me in the rear view. I can see the anguish in his eyes. And then he starts to PULL THE CAB TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. 1,056 3 3,028 odp @dyllyp 13h He stops, turns around and says, "Dylan, you remember me? It's me, Brahim." And I'm like wtffffff. And just start sobbing. 1,401 17 6,897 odp @dyllyp 13h We got out of that taxi off the I10 and Rural and hugged it out on a bridge in the rain on some Notebook shit. I didn't ever care, man
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    Text - odp @dyllyp 13h So I'm like WTF ARE YOU DOING IN FUCKING ARIZONA?! HOW? MAN WHAT? And he's like I did my 4 years and they gave me a visa. 1,148 5 4,751 odp @dyllyp 13h They gave him some cash and a 1 way ticket to the States. Asked him where he wanted to go, and he said where the weather is like Iraq 1,186 3 4,483 odp @dyllyp 13h So they sent him to Arizona 1,075 7 4,084
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    Text - 5 years after I left him in Iraq and a few days after my younger brother was violently murdered, the universe linked us up again 1,239 10 5,573 odp @dyllyp 13h Brahim literally saved my life, twice. 1,256 40 6,863
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    People - Lost one brother, and got another one back. #refugees 5 30 5,014 RETWEETS 22.4K LIKES
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