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    I served in the Marine Corps in the late 60's,

    beginning as a Rifleman, and off to Vietnam, from there I became a Gun Ammo Humper, back to Rifleman, then a Scout Sniper, back to Rifleman and Squad Leader, wounded but it did not end there, patched up and later became a Company Sgt., Stateside, until separation. Diagnosed...
    slickboots slickboots 66-70, M 3 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    Anyone Else This Unhappy?

    U.S. Army 90-98 / Desert Shield-Desert Storm / Mogadishu, Somalia (multiple) / Rwanda / Monrovia, (sorry, can't put the name of the country here because spam filters on this site won't allow it) / Bangui, Central African Republic / I was almost always deployed during my...
    Sacknut Sacknut 41-45, M Apr 17, 2013

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    2 Tours

    A company 5/87th Inafantry 89-90-Panama Invasion(invasion?-hell, I was stationed there!) A company 3/327th Infantry 90-93-Desert Sheild/ Storm-oddly enough the Panamanians put up a harder fight.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 28, 2012

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    Six Months

    I served in operation desert shield/storm in 1991. From Saudi Arabia, into Iraq. All the way to Kuwait City
    teleman teleman 36-40, M Nov 29, 2009

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    Spent a Year In Baghdad

    2004-5 with the 1st Cavalry Division and the 3rd Infantry Division.
    NattyBumppo NattyBumppo 46-50, M Aug 1, 2008

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    The first man I loved never slept.

    He would hold his dreams at arms length until the sun came up and it was safe to briefly shut his eyes. He was very quiet. When we were together, we would breathe the silence between us. Sometimes the complete lack of sound was too much for me, and I was frustrated: say...
    yourtheocean yourtheocean 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    To all those that served in the military.

    ..Happy Veterans Day...I Did ....Us Navy....Thanks!!!!!
    SVengeanceBaile SVengeanceBaile 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 9, 2014

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    Aceandface

    just want to talk to somebody
    aceandface aceandface 41-45 3 Responses Apr 7, 2012

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    The most difficult part of being a veteran (in

    my opinion), is knowing that it's over and I can never go back to doing what I loved doing the most. I miss it more than anything, my most hated and treasured memories.
    Sinatra616 Sinatra616 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    Rakkasan

    B or HHD Co 2/187th Infantry 3rd Brigade 101st Airborne/Air Assault, baby oct 1990 - 1994 Desert Shield/Desert Storm Deployment Were u there? I was Ne Desit Virtus
    PrismEntity PrismEntity 41-45, M 1 Response Feb 22, 2011

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    sapper325 sapper325 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 22, 2014

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    Six Months

    I served in operation desert shield/storm in 1991. From Saudi Arabia, into Iraq. All the way to Kuwait City
    teleman teleman 36-40, M 2 Responses Nov 29, 2009

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    I am currently in a dilemma,

    to go or stay...No I do not mean suicide, although it does not mean that it didn't cross my mind once or twice. Do I consider myself normal, well the better questions is what is normal, how do you delineate normal from abnormal nowadays.  
    Sabot1972 Sabot1972 41-45, M Aug 8, 2014

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    Manchu

    I spent 7 years in the Army Infantry including the invasion of panama and year and a half in korea.
    WedgedBear WedgedBear 36-40, M May 16, 2008

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    I serve 6 years in the United States Marine

    Corps, Middle East at the Central Africa and West Africa. there are many things I can't speak about other veterans will tell you this especially if they have a security clearance or were privy to any information they could be deemed top secret I signed a decree of non disclosure...
    AntonioV AntonioV 46-50, M 7 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    Have You Deployed? Please Help Me!

      My fiance is currently deployed to Iraq and I'm doing some research about soldier deployments. If you've deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, please help me out and take this survey! It will only take about 5 minutes- Thank you! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm...
    TGRecruitment TGRecruitment 22-25 Nov 28, 2009

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    Time To Speak...just A Little

    I stumbled across this group tonight. Its almost as if by design that I found it. You see in late 2003 I deployed to Iraq and stayed in country until 2005. What I brought home was just something I thought was mine alone, but some of your stories have inspired me to write one of...
    detranger detranger 41-45, M 11 Responses Feb 6, 2012

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    A Soldier Returns Home, A Honest Account Of Living W Ptsd. Psychology Homework July 2010

    17July2010 By Charles Scott In this weeks homework assignment I was tasked with the objective to explain a behavior that would be considered strange, unusual and/or abnormal. I have chosen to recall my own experiences and attempt to explain the cause and effects of Post...
    autonomous138 autonomous138 26-30, M 5 Responses Jul 22, 2010

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    Oh Martu

    Sandstorms and bullets: our worst enemies. All too present and seemingly deliberate in this land. Like the enemy, the barrel of the deserts' gods seem aimed at us. Watching us. Hunting us like fowl through the canyons. The plagues of Egypt decend on us daily; be it in blood...
    Nerethbrego Nerethbrego 26-30, M Sep 10, 2013

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    I was an intelligence analyst.

    I deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. I "saw" combat all the time, through the reports and the pictures coming across my desk. I was only "in" combat twice. Both times were in my first deployment to Iraq, from Feb '04 - Feb '05. Both times, my convoy (once it...
    cw2pieper cw2pieper 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 16, 2014

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    For Life....

    I did a 13 month tour 04-05 in Mosul, Iraq.  Def was no candyland back then and I'm sure it isn't now either.  I'm grateful for my life and it puts a smile on my face to see all those who are here, and it keeps me humble to when I think of my fallen comrads...
    Soul656 Soul656 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 29, 2010

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    Big Red One

    1st Infantry Division "The BIG Red One"1st Brigade Combat Team. "Devil Brigade"2nd Battalion.34th Armored Regiment "Deadnaughts"2004-2009.O-2 Moore, William C.Iraq.Wounded. Shrapnel to the right side of the face.Lost a eye and hearing in the right ear. And would do it all over...
    WCMoore WCMoore 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 19, 2011

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    3 Times

    Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan.  Okay, I can't really count Bosnia but I got hostile fire pay there.  : )  Former 19D/31U, always used out of context lol.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 7, 2011

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    served four years active marine corps with one

    tour of Iraq. kill kill kill!
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 9 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Still Miss It Sometimes But I Was Wronged-December 1988-July 2000. I was shipped off to Gulf War/Desert Storm 1990-91 under 'Stormin Norman 'at 20 and saw way more than any one...
    45ChocNFab 45ChocNFab 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    I miss the Navy SO much! I've been out for seven years (where did the time go?). Since I was a Corpsman, actually an 8406; AVT Corpsman (I worked side by side with flight surgeons...
    Vyper9 Vyper9 31-35, F Feb 9

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    God bless them and their families
    Wackymac67 Wackymac67 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 16

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    I am. 93-05. Not willing to talk about just yet. Bad taste in mouth still on how I was med boarded.
    Averageguy41074 Averageguy41074 36-40, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Missing my soldier so much! Sent his Valentines Day package off the other day! Can't wait to see him once he gets to come home. I can't wait for him to get all of his goodies!
    daisylove89 daisylove89 22-25, F Feb 7

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    RULES FOR KICK'N *** Rules for the Non-Military (Make sure you read #13 twice) Dear Civilians, we know that the current state of affairs in our great nation has many civilians...
    Inexperienced3 Inexperienced3 51-55, M 16 Responses Feb 23

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    No we are not the only ones with PTSD but our symptoms can differ or take on different appearances especially if the soldier suffers from combat PTSD. There are many many causes...
    SilencedSoul68 SilencedSoul68 36-40, F Feb 8

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    Your mission: youR17;re a mighty pirate in combat, your quest is always to conquer the Seven Seas, Construct Awesome islands and alter to the ultimate Pirate King. Just about every...
    Ethan3088hnz9 Ethan3088hnz9 31-35, M Feb 10

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    David DeMulle' being the executive editor of the leading newspaper of North East Valley – “The Foothills Paper” is well-known among the locals. The trust of a wide segment of...
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    Jack Churchill. An Englishman and a World War 2 veteran. He was unpredictable, rash, and literally insane. He wielded a large Irish Broadsword(no sh*t) and was genuinely angry when...
    Raneth Raneth 16-17, F Feb 9

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    February 9, 1971 On this day in 1971, pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year...
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