I can understand the bond that one would form with their vehicle if they have some close calls with them. During your tour, did you ever experience any moments such as IED explosions or ambushes where you felt your vehicle would let you down?
Not really, these Cougars are the Cadillac of armored vehicles. Felt a lot safer than bumping around Iraq in "Mad Max" armored vehicles back on '05. Getting out of the truck can be a little nerve wracking but when you're in there you feel pretty secure.
Good to here that they are a reliable vehicle to have around when on patrol. I remember when the Canadian Forces first started out in Afghanistan, they patrolled with the Iltis, which was a deathtrap to be in. Thankfully the CF was able to procure the LAVs, RG-31s, Cougars, and Leapord 2s. Otherwise, they would have continued to be ripped apart.