There were plenty of reasons that Army Maj. D.J. Skelton might never have made it to his retirement ceremony this week in Arlington, Va.
West Point had admitted him through a small program for already-enlisted soldiers. When he got there he racked up one of the worst disciplinary records in the history of the Academy, yet still managed to graduate and become an officer.
But the biggest reason is written in the scars on his face and his unblinking, black glass eye.