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I Am a Combat Veteran

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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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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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    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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    Aceandface

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

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

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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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    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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    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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    served four years active marine corps with one

    tour of Iraq. kill kill kill!
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 8 Responses Nov 11, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I am doing a survey on Veterans and how their perceptions have changed since being out of the military...Please fill out ONLY IF YOU ARE A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES...
    tmd0891 tmd0891 31-35, M Apr 15

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    When things don't go the exact way my husband wants, I can tell his mood swings are going to kick in. Today I made a comment about winter in California, which he is certain doesn't...
    mamadruid mamadruid 18-21, F Mar 30

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    Shame our government takes better care of criminals than veterans.
    JuKnow JuKnow 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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    Yes, as another American, I want to thank our veterans. Even though I have not served in the armed forces, I still want to thank our men and women who don a military uniform...
    joan1976 joan1976 36-40, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Just thought I would let you know
    lilwoody75 lilwoody75 36-40, M 3 Responses Apr 15

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    For spending the prime time of their precious lives staying awake and alert while we slept in peace. Salute!
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses a week ago

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    So proud of them all. Think i was a cowad to go to war, but i would tackle a bank rober in a min
    pettypet pettypet 46-50, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Hi I'm a marine girlfriend and I was wondering what was your experience when your significant other went to MCT & MOS? Also which base were they?
    careuhambur careuhambur 16-17, F Apr 14

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    Hi I was wondering how you all coped while your s/o's were away at MCT. It's been two days and not hearing his voice or talking to him is killing me. I feel empty and will do...
    careuhambur careuhambur 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 15

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    I am a 39 year old female,. I have boarderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder(diagnosed at 10) adhd (diagnosed at 38), ptsd, anxiety, a past history of anorexia...
    sofullofcyn sofullofcyn 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    I have lost 6 friends to suicide. They were all combat veterans like myself. Some of them I found out after the fact and others I was trying to help out however I could but...
    username407 username407 31-35, M 3 days ago

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    im an American for sure. not only was I born here, as were my parents and their parents too, im also a combat veteran of the US ARMY. I was a staff sergeant (E6) in the first gulf...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M 4 Responses Apr 15

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    A Tribute To A Navy That Has Passed Away Not From A Bullet Or Enemy Combatant But Due To A Illness Known As "ALS" . Master Chief Petty Officer Gary Welt Was A 30 Year Veteran Of...
    williamson1984 williamson1984 18-21, M Apr 3

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    After a nearly decade in politics, Brandon Brice has decided to help veterans, school reformers, and small business owners through his work in media. As a 19 year-old college...
    brandonbrice brandonbrice 41-45, M 14 hrs ago

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    it really grinds my gears when I see employers boasting about hiring veterans, like were a bunch of sub standard losers you have taken under your wings to nurture and care for and...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M 3 Responses Apr 2

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    Chuck Norris Utterly Destroys Hillary’s 2016 Run in Just 2 Sentences: “The Truth Is…” Does the fact that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just entered into the...
    jopava jopava 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 14

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    (A Waffen SS veteran's review of Saving Private Ryan; keep in mind he was not a concentration camp guard, but a soldier) Mr. Steven Spielberg Dreamworks Productions 10 Universal...
    kurtjaeger kurtjaeger 16-17, M a week ago

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    Back in 2012 during an attack on my base I was alone with just a buddy of mine when I heard 2 explosions one of which was so close shook the ground. We looked at eachother and...
    Tylersalt Tylersalt 22-25, M Mar 30

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    It's not much of a ghost story but... I know someone who's uncle lived in a small house only FEET away from the cemetery in the center of the next town over where I live. That...
    TheEnduringSunrise TheEnduringSunrise 18-21, F Mar 26

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    I don't care what your excuse is, it's invalid. There are plenty of men and women who are laughing because of the amount of negativity in the world. Society hasn't seen anything...
    FutureWarVet FutureWarVet 18-21, M Mar 26