I Am a Combat Veteran

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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

    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

    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
    Jul 7, 2011

    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
    4 Responses Apr 16, 2014

    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

    served four years active marine corps with one

    tour of Iraq. kill kill kill!
    mierdamundo mierdamundo
    5 Responses Nov 11, 2014

    While I am not American,

    this is also happening to vets in many countries, I personally know several who have receive no help when in great personal turmoil other than from fellow vets. These people deserve and have earned all the help/support we can offer.
    deleted deleted
    Sep 23, 2015

    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

    LEST WE FORGET.The fallen have paid the

    ultimate price and are indeed rightfully remembered but please, please do not forget the 'walking dead.'We cannot help the dead but we must help their comrades who did not die and not just for one day a year, we owe these men and women, let us pay that debt before they too are...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2015

    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

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

    until valhalla, brothers.
    MichaelAaron1982 MichaelAaron1982
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jul 22, 2015

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 7, 2014

    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
    Oct 28, 2012


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

    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

    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, 2015


    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

    To all those that served in the military.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 22, 2014

    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

    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
    Nov 28, 2009


    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
    Feb 22, 2011

    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
    11 Responses May 17, 2015

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