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I Am a Combat Veteran

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 154 People

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

    until valhalla, brothers.
    MichaelAaron1982 MichaelAaron1982 31-35, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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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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    sapper325 sapper325 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 22, 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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    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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    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 don't expect anyone to care. This is my last post. My real life and my online life are equally as lonely. My girlfriend left me a year ago. All I have now is a cat. I'm giving...
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    I got in trouble! I am staying at my uncles place now because my parents are on their own trip. My uncle is an army veteran. He was captain of a special forces team in Afghanistan...
    taylorcollison taylorcollison 18-21, F 15 Responses 2 days ago

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    I got in trouble! I am staying at my uncles place now because my parents are on their own trip. My uncle is an army veteran. He was captain of a special forces team in Afghanistan...
    taylorcollison taylorcollison 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I got in trouble! I am staying at my uncles place now because my parents are on their own trip. My uncle is an army veteran. He was captain of a special forces team in Afghanistan...
    taylorcollison taylorcollison 18-21, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    nothing. no veteran salute. no mourning...no fancy stone. i care nothing for any of that. take the money and travel instead.
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Today was hot in the uk , so i was out for a drive when i found a lake , right next to the road , i got out , it was calm , it looked so inviting, i was in black combats, biker...
    wetmana wetmana 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    I would love do challenges to prove the viewers It's just a myth. Or go to so called Haunted houses and show that there are no such thing as Ghosts. Or investigate Urban Legends...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun 56-60, M 5 days ago

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    I prefer like actually setting up a roleplay (sexual or casual) and not the half-***** stuff people usually do on here
    Skyebreeze Skyebreeze 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Okay, hear me out, please. I've come to the conclusion that the EP community is made up of wonderful, caring, and thoughtful people with cheerful smiles and cheerful personalities...
    TooShy2 TooShy2 61-65, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Alright so there seems to be a lot of misconceptions about the poor within America, one that specifically bothers me the most is that poor people, low-income families and those...
    SunshineSplash SunshineSplash 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 19

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    Does anyone here roleplay on Facebook
    daddydomless daddydomless 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    Unfortunatly I am a vet. Society frowns on this and holds it against you. I retired in 06 due to injuries ending my 13 year career. Society is so screwed I wont ever admit to being...
    Averageguy41011 Averageguy41011 41-45, M 7 Responses Jul 19

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    Actually alot all combat related or deployment related. 9.5 years deployed through Bosnia Kosovo Macedonia Albainia and Iraq you pick up some Skeletons. Sad fact of life and peace...
    Averageguy41011 Averageguy41011 41-45, M 4 Responses Jul 19

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