Bacground: fellow veteran, highly analytical, constantly comparing/trying to one up, thinks there is only one way to go about things. Directs, dictates, assumes vs having a conversation. You don't want to leave a battle buddy hanging but, this friendship is not healthy.
Posted >1 y ago
I have found that some veterans like to latch on to other veterans out in the civilian world - for better or worse. If you served with the person, then I understand the difficulty in wanting to cut ties. But, that doesn't change the calculus: if they aren't good to be around, then stop being around them. If they are someone you met since you left, then it should just be even easier. They are no different than anyone else you met. Veterans may have a common bond in many ways, but it does not mean you have to deal with their BS.
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