Honesty has always been very important to me.
I could be, you know, the person that shows little kids that giving up isn't something that you should do.
The truth is always more heroic than the hype.
I don't think any war is worth having our soldiers killed.
I grew up in Palestine, West Virginia, which is mostly a farming community; there aren't a lot of jobs.
There's soldiers out there every day that are doing heroic things... We don't need to create them.
I know that I'm already in the history books and that people are going to remember me as the prisoner of war and the fabricated stories, but you know, to me I was just another soldier over there doing my job.
I remember the first time I put on the Army uniform. I just felt like a totally different person - I felt proud.
I have repeatedly said, when asked, that if the stories about me helped inspired our troops and rally a nation, then perhaps there was some good.
They told me I'd never probably see the front-line area.