FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.
Less than 24 hours after interviewing AWOL Army specialist Jeff Hanks in the living room of his temporary home in White Lake, North Carolina, I was waiting for him to turn himself in at Gate 4 of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In that brief time, Hanks had become something of a symbol.
He was a soldier struggling with what he said was war-induced stress, anger, panic - all PTSD-like symptoms.
He was fighting the military for help to the point where he walked away from the Army last month after a superior ordered him to return to Afghanistan just days before an on-base mental health assessment.
It was clear during my exclusive hour-long interview with Hanks (to run on the CBS Evening News soon), that this 30-year-old with two tours under his belt was both highly emotional and extremely rational about his decision - balancing the weight of leaving his unit against a need to once again be the man loved by his wife and two little girls.
The fact he would turn himself in today - on Veterans Day, and one day before Hanks would officially be declared a 30-day deserter, only added to his anxiety.
He knew it would seem disrespectful, and dishonorable to many vets.
But in the end, he said, he hoped others - including his command - would understand his decision to leave, and then return, was based on nothing more than a desire to get the mental health care he knows he needs.
Then he walked into Fort Campbell to face a very uncertain future.