Do you see the picture?

Do you really need to ask why I shaved?

The first anniversary of 9-11 was a few weeks away.

Dark beard, dark eyes, olive skin and an un-pronounceable foreign sounding last name.

In the Army, I trained to shoot people who looked like me.

Eventually I deployed to Iraq[three times], the Iraqi’s did not believe I was an American.

I had to travel for work; by plane; my choices were limited.

22 years of military service and counting would not impress any TSA employee who fought the ‘global war on terror’ from behind an airport screening station.

Out come the rubber gloves and a private search…

No thanks…

I think I will shave.