The Good Soldier: Why a Suicidal Officer Had to Go AWOL to Save His Life

That Sunday night, March 29th, 2009, after the dinner dishes were done and put away, Lawrence Franks took out a bottle of Jameson and turned to his roommate, Matt Carney: “Ya wanna shot?” He asked this every night. Carney, like Franks, an officer in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, lifted his glass and made the first toast. Here’s to the two of them and all that their lives now entailed: to surviving their first miserable winter at Fort Drum, to navigating the labyrinth of rules, regulations and duties that they, as newly minted second lieutenants, were still trying to make sense of. Here’s to figuring it out.

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