After serving in Iraq for 13 months, Bunch was sent to a hospital in Germany. "My main injury was PTSD," he says. "But another injury I sustained was a TBI, which is a traumatic brain injury." He was in a vehicle responding to an IED blast when it happened. "My turret hit the top of a parking garage, and I got knocked unconscious," he says. "I jumped up and got back in my turret and we rolled on out. But I started having memory problems later. My depression got worse."
It was in Germany that Bunch wrote a song, "What It's Like," which attempted to deal with what he had seen. "Those lyrics were my suicidal thoughts; they were me trying to rationalize my deployment, what I did over there, what it was like for me," he says. "It was a relief, man. I was literally shedding tears."
After Bunch finished the song, he played it for a few people. They played it for a few people, and pretty soon the whole base had it. When Bunch returned to the US -- to Fort Stewart in Georgia -- an opportunity presented itself. His social worker told him about an organization called I WAS THERE, which provides free filmmaking workshops to veterans with PTSD. Bunch joined, and wound up making a video for "What It's Like." It combined black-and-white footage of Bunch in a cramped bedroom surrounded by prescription bottles, and color photographs of his time in the service and footage from Iraq.