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I Am a Combat Veteran

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 148 People

    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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    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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    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 6 Responses Dec 8, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Nov 29, 2009

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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 13 Responses May 17

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

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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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    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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    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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    Aceandface

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

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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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    served four years active marine corps with one

    tour of Iraq. kill kill kill!
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 7 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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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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    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 4 Responses Dec 26, 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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    I don't want to patronize, but I am compelled to write this, because I refuse to believe that the 'veteran spirit' is dying. In my family and in my husband's as well, remembering...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 4 Responses May 13

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    my bpd has been diagnosed as dissociative disorder now. i have been through the winner the last two weeks. everything seemed fine with smoking weed even the va doctors said it is...
    LITVET LITVET 41-45, F 1 Response May 14

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    Be a part of this important documentary. Help us change and even save lives. #Veterans with #PTSD need our help. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/26650-veterans-need-civilian...
    camiller21 camiller21 26-30, F May 18

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    Being a veteran myself i want to thank all of our veterans today. Go Navy!!!
    agouradave agouradave 46-50, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    Honestly my father just died of cancer and he fought in the war, people are very rude about it, but yet he fought for you to be free? People need to start thanking them, because if...
    dusk1234546 dusk1234546 16-17, F 8 Responses May 6

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    Happy VE day. Thank you to our veterans
    sonoflk sonoflk 51-55, M May 8

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    Thank you for your service and sacrifice and God Bless all our nation's veterans. Special thanks goes out to my son and his shipmates, serving aboard the U.S.S. New York, far from...
    Maverick1962 Maverick1962 51-55, M 9 Responses May 23

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    My GrandfatherThere's so much to say about how some had ended up with their stories during or after serving for their country. My grandfather was a veteran and after service he...
    ladyryan ladyryan 41-45, F 7 Responses May 23

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    Hoping all of you have a magnificent Memorial Day. A special thank you to current Military Soldiers and all Veterans of the United States Military... Please take a moment to...
    CrownedSprite CrownedSprite 41-45, M a week ago

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    On this beautiful Memorial Day, I want to thank all the veterans who gave their lives for this great country of ours. Thank you so very much.
    jusleaving jusleaving 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    There is no greater sacrifice than that of a man or woman that chooses to put their life on the line for an idea. Not for their child, not for a parent or even for a friend. For an...
    ToughEddie ToughEddie 36-40, M a week ago

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    I am a disabled army veteran. I served my country proudly as an infantry soldier and never regretted it once. On nights I prayed that I was still and I still do. I am 100% disabled...
    drako6187 drako6187 31-35, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Train people to solve problems using violence and you end up with people who know how to solve problems with violence. The vets I've worked with almost never followed orders, every...
    UppityProletarian UppityProletarian 36-40, M 1 Response May 8

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    Retired for 13 1/2 years. Hard to believe. Seven ships, one overseas assignment, taught for three. I loved it all. Such a great experience. I learned a lot and now have a great job...
    skinsfan83 skinsfan83 51-55, M 1 Response May 17

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    I have been in the military for 9 years now, and am still serving. Sometimes I feel like I've wasted all this time. I don't belong anywhere, I have no home. I feel weird around my...
    TheFeral TheFeral 26-30, M May 18

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    Hey I have a great uncle who was on Iwo Jima. Does anyone else have family that's willing to talk about iwo? If they've met him or not? His name was Benjamin Eglet he was a marine...
    mrwilson062198 mrwilson062198 16-17, M May 21

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    I always thank military staff for their contributions to making my world a safer place. Always in the form of a simple "Thank you for your service." I'm not trying to make a big...
    DisappearIntoSilence DisappearIntoSilence 31-35, F 5 Responses May 22

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    i thank you for your service and sacrifice. ..kisses for all of you.
    Jody10001 Jody10001 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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