I am author and Iraq War veteran Matt Gallagher. My blog got shut down by the Army while I was in Iraq and my debut novel 'Youngblood' is out this week. AMA!
I'm Matt Gallagher, a former U.S. Army captain, Iraq war veteran, and author of the debut novel Youngblood out this week from Atria/Simon & Schuster.
I spent fifteen months in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, during the Surge, and kept a blog over there called 'Kaboom' that got shut down by my chain-of-command. I have written about a variety of topics, from contemporary warfare to the military-civilian divide in America to participating in the Big Buck Hunter World Championships. I'm also a diehard Cleveland Browns fan and named my goofy, ridiculous dog after Hemingway. Ask me anything!
ETA: Hey all, this has been a lot of fun, thanks for the thoughtful questions. Gotta run now but I'll check in later and answer some more. For you New Yorkers out there, the launch for Youngblood is tonight at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. I'll be in conversation with Phil Klay, author of Redeployment. Starts at 7pm. Hope some of you can make it