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I Am a Combat Veteran

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 117 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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    served four years active marine corps with one

    tour of Iraq. kill kill kill!
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 9 Responses Nov 11

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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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    sapper325 sapper325 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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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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    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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    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 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

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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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    Aceandface

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

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I'm an uk combat veteran that is struggling being back in civillian life
    timbo76 timbo76 36-40, M Nov 10

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    I was the Captain of the wrestling team in High School. I was the Church boy until High School. But After my 6 years of active duty was up. I was OUT and FREE.... or so I thought...
    TranssexualMommy TranssexualMommy 36-40, T 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    To all Veterans Past, Present and Future " A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for...
    rcp4961 rcp4961 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    ...at least that's how most people see it. To be truthful, I was a plain veteran first. I came home safe and sound...everything working and where it should be. The car wreck that...
    petergavin69 petergavin69 41-45, M Nov 11

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    Thank u to all the veterans out there n those who will serve after them! Thank u for giving up ur lives for us!! Many people take their lives for granted, but I truly am grateful...
    Chipmunk1023 Chipmunk1023 16-17, F Nov 11

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    I want to say a huge thanks to all the British, Commonwealth and Allied veterans past and present. I know a lot of people here are American and mainly most of the thanks here go to...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 10 Responses Nov 8

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    Thanks for your service to all veterans! Have a Great Veterans Day!
    CannaCat CannaCat 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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    Happy Veteran's Day!!!!! Thank you to our veteran's for your sacrifices made for our freedom.
    SuckMyAwesome SuckMyAwesome 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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    Thank you to all veterans past and present on this Veteran's Day. I am forever grateful for the freedom and our way of life you all are responsible for.
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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    I am a proud veteran of Vietnam and I want to say is WELCOME HOME BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Never be ashamed you are a veteran, be proud and honored to have done your duty. Because of...
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M 5 Responses Nov 11

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    Thank you so very much for all the Veterans out there who served our nation and made many sacrifices. As a daughter of my father whose spent now over 15 years in the military, I...
    SincerelyLorissa SincerelyLorissa 16-17, F Nov 11

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    Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country. Thank you for protecting the freedoms we so enjoy. Thank you to my Papa in heaven. By far my favorite veteran.
    Pharmalady Pharmalady 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    May I tell you about my nephew, my wife’s sister’s son? He was a veteran. He was a troubled child, violent & aggressive. At three, playing board games, his only concern was...
    ColdMountain ColdMountain 61-65, M Nov 11

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    Coming from a big military family, respecting and appreciating veterans is of utmost importance. If you're reading this, and you're a veteran, THANK YOU. From the bottom of my...
    boley1501 boley1501 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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    I lived in DC for a short period and got to see the opening of the WWII Memorial. All week they had tributes on the mall lawn. It was then that I felt for what was probably the...
    tenhourdays tenhourdays 31-35, M 6 days ago

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    Thank you. I'm proud to be Canadian. I'm proud of our troops and veterans. I can't imagine the horrific things you witnessed and today, still carry with you. I will make sure...
    absolom absolom 41-45 1 Response Nov 9

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    I want to personally thank all the veterans who fought in wars. If I was older I probably wouldn't be here I'd be another casualty of Vietnam. I can't believe what you men went...
    ICRETO ICRETO 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 10

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    I would like to say Thank You to all of those who have served, are currently serving, or are planning to serve and protect our country. When I was growing up, I loved Veterans...
    BrokenSoul88 BrokenSoul88 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 11

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    To all veterans and active military: Thank you very much for your service.
    MegNVA MegNVA 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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    Thank you veterans for your service, God bless those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms
    HollowSoul1971 HollowSoul1971 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    I want to thank all our veterans for bravely putting their lives on the line, in order to preserve mine. I want to especially thank my very own fallen soldier, for giving me the...
    Darnguyen Darnguyen 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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    To all the veterans past, present and future. I salute you.
    odieo1234 odieo1234 41-45, M Nov 11

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    At this time I would like to thank all the Veterans for their service and sacrifices to our country. Thank you for all you have done!!! Job well done!!!
    maturemuff55 maturemuff55 51-55, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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    Happy Remembrance Day!!!! Thank you too all of our veterans who have served our country for years and years! Thank you for the sacrifices that you made so that we as a nation can...
    CuteBlondie321 CuteBlondie321 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    I want to say thank you to my dad for serving 20 years in US Air Force and my grandpa for serving in the marines during WWII. I would also like to thanks all the other veterans...
    Andreacs Andreacs 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    Tonight I hoist my drink to my fellow veterans who "embraced the suck". I drink one for those who came home, one for those who did not, one for those who are holding the line, and...
    3Dogmatic 3Dogmatic 36-40, M 2 Responses Nov 11

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    Thank you veterans and i hope to join you some day in EOD you are greatly appreciated.
    mrwilson062198 mrwilson062198 16-17, M Nov 11

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    Thank you Veterans for your service to our country! I sleep well at night knowing the brave men and women like you have protected us.. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!
    sarahheartsfuntimes sarahheartsfuntimes 31-35, F 19 Responses Nov 11