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Eric Clark Veterans' Voices

/ Source: WBRE

This installment of Veterans Voices features Eric Clark of Lenox Township. He has found a unique way to cope with memories from his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eric Clark strums his guitar in his home recording studio in Lennox Township, Susquehanna County. It's his chance to get away from everything including memories from operation Iraqi Freedom. We went four days without sleep the one time and I remember being wound up like a rubber band," said Clark. Clark served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. You could say he was the definition of "the front line". His marine unit provided security for supply convoys and was attacked by enemy forces almost daily. Clark reflected on his service in Iraq by saying, "It only takes a split second for you to nod off, look at your partner, screw around and you know, that could be it." Clark was one of the first marines in iraq when coalition forces invaded. Clark said, "Nothing looked familiar, you're in a strange land and it was that culture shock that really threw a curveball at me at first." Once he adjusted, Clark stayed in bunkers, tents and sometimes in 120 degrees of desert heat. His tattoo serves as a reminder when his unit was attacked by scud missiles. "The gas mask was due to wearing it for three days straight," said Clark. After a year's worth of fighting, Clark had injuries too severe to continue his military service. He was discharged and came home. That's when another battle started. "Just being a part of a family again, that was really hard, that was extremely hard for me. It's something that's taken, I'll be honest with you, just this year getting a lot of the bugs worked out to where I can be a better father," said Clark. Like many Operation Iraqi Freedom vets returning home, Clark had trouble adjusting. That's until he picked up a guitar and found a way to cope. "It was a way for me to channel my anger, my depression, my anxiety and everything else. It was a creative way to channel it," said Clark. Clark shared his creativity and formed the band faithful aggression. The bands acoustic rock sound has made it's way through the local bar scene and most recently at a benefit for the National Scoliosis Foundation. "It's great to create something that can move somebody, benefit somebody, touch somebody by something you created. To me that's almost as good as serving your country," said Clark. Faithful Aggression will open for national recording artist Red Wednesday, August 26th at Tinks in Scranton. Read more