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I Am a Combat Veteran

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 149 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Aceandface

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

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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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    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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    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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    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 Nov 29, 2009

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    As yet another 4TH of July is now here, we often have big cookouts with friends and family. We often forget to honor those who fought so hard and in most cases lost their lives in...
    HELLSBABY HELLSBABY 31-35, F 1 hr ago

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    A shout out to my fellow veterans on the day we celebrate our independence and freedom. Thanks for your service.
    texaspilot texaspilot 46-50, M 3 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    Getting ready for our Fourth of July party and festivities with friends and family. Can't help but think about my soldier who is fighting for us to keep our freedom. Thank to all...
    daisylove89 daisylove89 26-30, F 8 hrs ago

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    happy 4th of of july,and thank you to our veterans,please be aware of veterans if you are shooting fireworks,ask them if they are ok with you shooting off fireworks,
    Bluesky52 Bluesky52 51-55, M 8 hrs ago

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    How does this happen?
    SouthernBelle2 SouthernBelle2 41-45, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Happy 4th of July to all my veteran friends and service member past and present. Take time to remember why it is we celebrate this.
    archerstaley archerstaley 26-30, M 11 hrs ago

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    I hate people! I think 99% of them are stupid, ignorant, inconsiderate, f***ing morons and I enjoy telling them so as often as I can without loosing my job. Though I have taken...
    oneconcernedfincitizen oneconcernedfincitizen 46-50, M 22 hrs ago

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    I am a U.S. Army Veteran (Gulf War Era), I come from a long line of military ... It's in my blood :) I am proud to have served my country alongside my brother & sister Veterans...
    Plaincountrygirl Plaincountrygirl 36-40, F 20 Responses 1 day ago

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    I fought for and proudly served my country to ensure all our freedom. These include, but are not limited to the following ~ The right to be thankful that I served or dislike me...
    puntas puntas 46-50, M 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    can anyone teach me sword fighting and close combat? msg me
    blankslayer blankslayer 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    Just a thought for the July 4th celebrators... Please remember our veterans, your possible neighbors, before you buy and light fireworks. The sounds actually sound like a war zone...
    pinkstarburst pinkstarburst 41-45, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    If you can get ahold of BLUE DREAMS from Ca, that is a 3 hour window of much happiness and relief from any soreness or tense muscles. And coming down is like floating on a feather...
    shaymenae shaymenae 46-50, F 3 days ago

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    Most of the vets I know don't want any thanks, but here y'all--Thank you!
    TW8NY TW8NY 41-45, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Hapkido is a Korean Martial Art. A little while back, Grand Mast Pellegrini invented his own specialized branch, which he called Combat Hapkido. There are very few masters of this...
    DepressedDemigod DepressedDemigod 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I don't like to say I have, or have had, an eating disorder because I feel it is somewhat unfair to those who's lives have been dangerously altered or taken by it. However, I'm...
    TeaspoonEm17 TeaspoonEm17 16-17, F 4 days ago

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    Im looking for my father who is a US Marine veteran. I wanted to know if anyone served with him. His name is Stanley Johnson. He was discharged medically for bunions. (1981) You...
    YvetteJ YvetteJ 31-35 6 days ago

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    My grandfather is a veteran tho he is still alive the war in Vietnam still took so much from him he's not missing an arm or leg like some but he lives with depression and PTSD so...
    paulsmith345 paulsmith345 16-17, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I remember going to a Veterans Day pervade with my grandpa when he was living and so wine spit in his face because he was a veteran then walked away. I started to walks towards the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response a week ago

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