Timothy “TJ” Adams rolls his eyes once again. This is the third time his mother has asked to show me the video of him in the hospital bed as he receives his Purple Heart.
For Jill Adams, it is a better memory than the morning she was told her 19-year-old boy had been shot. Despite his protests she persists — it was a proud moment for both of them, even if it’s a little hard for TJ to watch.
“I was on 8 million drugs. I was cracked out,” TJ said. “It completely dissolves my military bearing.”
I watched less than a minute. In the grainy footage, TJ is as upright as the hospital bed will push him. An Army general and other dignitaries surround his bed. He looks good — you wouldn’t know that hours before, his life literally seeped away on the floor of a bunker in Afghanistan.