From Donna St. George at the Washington Post:
Before she was a soldier in Iraq, Monica Beltran was a party girl in Woodbridge.Read the whole piece for some insightful reporting and some keen insight into the mind of a young veteran.
She was always out with her friends -- always, she says -- and if it seemed that she barely talked to her mother or seldom slept in her bed, well, that was how she thought life as a teenager should be. There was always another club, another party, another pack of cigarettes.
Then she went to Iraq.