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I Am a Combat Veteran

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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 2 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    us army, 01-09. oif 1/3/6.

    until valhalla, brothers.
    MichaelAaron1982 MichaelAaron1982 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 22

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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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    sapper325 sapper325 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 22, 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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    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 5 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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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    served four years active marine corps with one

    tour of Iraq. kill kill kill!
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 6 Responses Nov 11, 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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    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 2 Responses Dec 26, 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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Dec 26, 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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    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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    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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    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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    I would like to Thank all U.

    S Veterans ans Veterans of our Allies a Peaceful and well deserved Memorial Day. To those standing the watch and serving now, Thank you for your service.Hu Yah
    Imhungrytoo Imhungrytoo 51-55, M May 22

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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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    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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    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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    There are many times I wish I was back in the

    sandbox with my brothers (like now) ............. I am not made for civi life
    SolitaryElf SolitaryElf 41-45, F 12 Responses May 17

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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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    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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    To all those that served in the military.

    ..Happy Veterans Day...I Did ....Us Navy....Thanks!!!!!
    SVengeanceBaile SVengeanceBaile 51-55, M Nov 9, 2014

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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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    Related Experiences

    Well.. I have never Served any Military Services, Anywhere.. However I am Proud Family member of Many Veteran, who are 44 some years of Veteran .. of US Military Service. I have...
    Illimanimamani Illimanimamani 41-45, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I spent 20 yrs Army infantry I am a proud warrior. I will be a soldier til I pass on. I appreciate when people, meaning well, walk up to a young warrior..and say, "thank you for...
    GWMH GWMH 56-60, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Spent 20 years in the United States Navy. I've been around the world several times. I've seen many beautiful countries and many desolate countries. Always felt good to return to...
    flirtingjoe flirtingjoe 61-65, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I love the United States of America. I don't care what others think of us, what matters is that we are willing to come through the hardest things and that we openly support and...
    Andyg99 Andyg99 22-25, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I am a Vietnam veteran, and a retired member of the U.S. Army, 1966-1986.
    comeonletsgo comeonletsgo 61-65, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    U.S. Navy 1988-2000 Fast attack subs
    MisterGw MisterGw 41-45, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    The classic model of Western education is a teacher in front of a classroom full of students. The teacher imparts knowledge and learning through lectures and class discussions, and...
    williams297 williams297 46-50, M 2 days ago

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    Dr. Donald Sonn says by vigilantly studying the trends of growth and evolution in medicine and business we can anticipate change and compensate for these said changes. He says that...
    williams298 williams298 36-40, M 2 days ago

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    I served from 1993 to 2001. Army Core of Engineers.
    ShadowSteel ShadowSteel 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    Massive thanks to anyone who's served in militaries around the globe from Ireland. P.S Yes even you Britain!
    newcarsmell newcarsmell 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    I served from 90-95 first stationed in the UK (London, UK CINCUSNAVEUR) and then aboard the USS America CV-66. I loved being under way. That is what a Sailor does. Haze Grey and...
    NMDewey NMDewey 41-45, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    FIFA and the five major sponsors held a meeting in order to restore credibility Beijing time August 22nd news, according to Bloomberg news, the International Football Association...
    huangaiping huangaiping 22-25, F a week ago

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    I love our veterans. My Dad was a 20 year Air Force vet, so I'm an Air Force brat lol. I thank each veteran I see and pray for them as well. God bless them and keep them safe.
    lonelytwilite lonelytwilite 51-55, F Aug 20

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    One 57 years old Mum, can make name with regard to herself in RuneScape SHE is Robyn Liddell in order to the girl family and friends, however whenever she actually is near the...
    MQYANG MQYANG 18-21, F Aug 20

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    or rather allowed them to release me so i could get unemployment. i went to work with the Home Depot after moving to be closer to my wife's parents, basically because I felt that...
    StephanieDan StephanieDan 36-40, M 4 Responses Aug 20

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    I come from a family of six children and am second in order of birth. I have fairly severe difficulty feeling comfortable around people, partly because social cues generally seem...
    ajmered1 ajmered1 31-35, M 5 Responses Aug 19

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    Does having served in the ROYAL NAVY,UK,fit in this forum ?
    DEVINIQUE DEVINIQUE 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 18