I Am An Army Veteran

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 181 People

    Served from 1999 to 2007 spending time in what

    I consider two outstanding and historical units in the Army and U.S. Military. 3rd Infantry Division and 7th Special Forces Group. along the way I had ups and downs just as anyone else. While I gained and lost friends. My list of Brothers and Sisters grew to fantastic numbers...
    mandestroyed mandestroyed
    41-45, M
    1 Response Aug 6, 2015


    November 11th is Veterans Day. Don't forget to raise a toast, and if so inclined a prayer, to friends and family who have served, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free. To them we owe a special debt. Thank You one and all, and may God continue...
    donh2989 donh2989
    41-45, M
    Nov 10, 2011


    As of 17 AUG 09. I am discharged from the Army National Guard and assigned to the Retired Reserve. Type of discharge : Honorable Sgt Christopher John Pollock ( RET.) 26 MAR 1986 - 26 MAR 1988 3 YRS 24 DEC 1990 - 17 AUG 2009  18 YRS 7 MONTHS 25 DAYS    ...
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5
    41-45, M
    10 Responses Sep 18, 2009

    The Drill Sergeant Creed I will assist each

    individual in their efforts to become a highly motivated, well disciplined.... I am a Drill Sergeant I will assist each individual in their efforts to become a highly motivated, well disciplined, physically and mentally fit soldier, capable of defeating any enemy on today's...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 31, 2015
    aztecchick2016 aztecchick2016
    26-30, F
    Dec 5, 2015

    I started at the age of 17 still in high school

    I join the army National Guard, I graduate high school the following summer and went to Basic and AIT at Ft Jackson SC (tank Hill)return home and try college for a year, I transfer from the National Guard to Regular Army and serve 4 years, I serve a total of 6 years 79-85...
    no2clothes no2clothes
    51-55, M
    Feb 4, 2014

    Can I Ever Find My Soul Again?

    "It's the cold, blunt truth. There was a little girl that died." There was a car bomb that -- what happened was, there's an Iraqi police station and right next to it was, like, a coffee shop, and a lot of the police officers would go there to get coffee in the mornings. There...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Nov 9, 2013

    British Army Veteran

    No Victoria Cross, no other bravery awards - just a soldier who did his job.
    Danny1000 Danny1000
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Nov 7, 2011

    Here We Go Again, Same Old Stuff Again

    I served on Active Duty from November of 1987 to November of 1991.  And spent a little less than 2 years in the National Guard after that.  I am proud of having served my country, especially my service during Desert Shield/Storm.  The only thing I wish I had done...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 16, 2009

    Please watch this video it is called United

    nation!!!! It is very touching and beautiful!!!! I am proud to be one of the singers!!!! God bless America and enjoy!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_XL5fYIC5o&sns=sms
    Kenziebear44 Kenziebear44
    22-25, F
    Jan 2, 2015

    Joined the army fresh out of high school 7yrs

    ago in may. Deployed twice. It's crazy to look back on everything I have seen and been put thru because of the army. Don't regret one bit :)
    Kehau89 Kehau89
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Feb 6, 2014

    I Have Been Trying To Get A Va Home Loan.

    I have never done any thing like this before. So please bear with me while I try to tell my story.About three years ago my step-daughter had a baby girl and would not take care of her so my wife and I strated taking care fo the child. she has turned into a beautiful child and I...
    61-65, M
    1 Response Dec 30, 2010

    I'm the youngest war Veteran ever in all

    history 😐 I have no life. What else was I suppose to do. Parents dead,whole family died on a holiday 😒 It's only me. What else do I do? Sit here and be miserable and useless ? I've been shot and stared dead straight into the eyes. I've seen heaven. I've been to hell and...
    shaunyy0911 shaunyy0911
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Aug 16, 2014

    Please watch this video it is called United

    nation it is very touching!!!! I am proud to be one of the singers :) EP Link
    Kenziebear44 Kenziebear44
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2015
    amosquito amosquito
    31-35, M
    Feb 4, 2014

    I Wish I Was Still In The Army

    Hello all I served with the Army for twelve years, Brittish Army 10th Btn Parachute Rgt, I miss it.
    rareg247 rareg247
    51-55, M
    Jun 21, 2011

    Combat Engineer

    i was a combat engineer in the U.S.Army for about 2 years. i was i Bosnia for 3 months. When i first got there i was a PFC(E-3). my first combat experience was only 5 days after i arrived there. My squad leader was shot and killed, and my fellow soldiers asked me to lead them...
    friendlyspaz522001 friendlyspaz522001
    22-25, M
    2 Responses May 12, 2008

    Still Miss It Sometimes But I Was

    Wronged-December 1988-July 2000. I was shipped off to Gulf War/Desert Storm 1990-91 under 'Stormin Norman 'at 20 and saw way more than any one should see in a life time but I loved it. I didn't choose to leave the service in 2000. I was FORCED due to an ongoing international...
    45ChocNFab 45ChocNFab
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2015

    Saving Private Ryan Movie

    Ever seen the saving private Ryan Movie? Does the US Gov't get the only son of Veterans of harms way, or is that all hollywood  BS? Probably questions coming in to elected officials!!!! I was the only son of a Navy Veteran who was on a destroyer USS Massey as a fire...
    matuscak1961 matuscak1961
    1 Response Apr 9, 2010

    I am an American Soldier.

    I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Dec 4, 2015

    Served 12 years in the US Army,

    had kids, and called it quits...but loved the experience.
    kgladd kgladd
    36-40, F
    Aug 2, 2015

    I Was In the Army Too.

    I went to basic at Ft McClellan, AL in 1973, AIT twice at Ft Jackson, SC and even did a tour at Karlsruhe, Germany for 16 months. Loved it. I was in from 1973-1976 then again from 1980-1982 where I was stationed at Ft Ord, CA. I was even stationed in Presidio of SF, CA back...
    brat58 brat58
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2009


    I went to Iraq for a 1.5 years, and it changed me forever. I always lived life to the fullest and had crazy stories before I ever went there, but I mean something about being in the middle of a war-zone, getting shot at and IED's going off all around on the road between missions...
    JonnyCecil JonnyCecil
    31-35, M
    1 Response Mar 18, 2013


    This might sound selfish. Or maybe you will understand. I know i'm gonna ramble so please bare with me. The closer this gets, the more excuses i come up with. **** lucky for me life throws enough obstacles in my way that i might not even have the money to go. Then the remorse and...
    whatistheprob whatistheprob
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2013


    I had the privilege of working for Uncle Sam during some fairly quiet years.  I joined in the fall of 98, went to basic and AIT at Ft. Benning, GA.  Got to the 101st in the spring of 1999 and basically was in Ft. Campbell until I got out in September of 2002. ...
    MstuckF MstuckF
    31-35, T
    Nov 12, 2009


    I'm new to EP and the group.  I'm still active duty stationed in GA,  18 years in, 3 deployments, and looking forward to retiring
    irishmick irishmick
    46-50, M
    Oct 10, 2011

    I'm An Army Veteran At The Age Of 22!

    Hi! I'm new to this site, thought I'd share my story! :) I'm a 22 year old female, Army Veteran. I was in for only 9 months!! I wanted to serve the 5 years I enlisted for, get out and pursue a career in Law Enforcement! I was 31B- MP... My training was Osut at Ft...
    thatgirlx0x0 thatgirlx0x0
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Feb 4, 2010

    I would especially like to shout a Happy

    Veteran's Day to my sister in arms and my sister in real life, The beautiful Navy sailor you are, I am so glad that you survived. You could have been the ones that never came back. I am so glad that God kept you safe and sound.If I could hug you to the moon and back right...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 15, 2015

    Rainbow Division And Beyond

    13Sep70 enlisted in AG Co. 42d Inf. Div. NYARNG. Basic training and infantry (11B) AIT at Ft. Jackson. Infantry OCS to 2Lt MSC assigned to 102d Med Bn, 42d ID, NYARNG Jul72. Transfer to 348th General Hospital, 79th ARCOM assist S-3; 1977 - 1983. MOS change from 67B field medical...
    railfan4019 railfan4019
    61-65, M
    Feb 17, 2013

    I'm An Army War Veteran

    That's right, Huuuh and a Hoo Rah to the armed forces. We're all on the same side I typed in two calls.. I only know Army and Marines, no disrespect to the other guys I just never saw any of em in combat so don't know if they got one. Anyway just glad to add my story with fellow...
    vavaeon vavaeon
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Dec 2, 2011

    I'm an uk combat veteran

    that is struggling being back in civillian life
    timbo76 timbo76
    36-40, M
    1 Response Nov 10, 2014

    I am a Drill Sergeant I will assist each

    individual in their efforts to become a highly motivated, well disciplined, physically and mentally fit soldier, capable of defeating any enemy on today's modern battlefield. I will instill pride in all I train. Pride in self, in the Army, and in Country. I will insist that...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 3, 2015

    I Served...

    I served in the army for seven years. I did two tours in Iraq as an infantryman with the 25th id. What an awesome experience.
    Fuknsos Fuknsos
    31-35, M
    Oct 6, 2012

    Served from 2005-2013,

    and now my boyfriend (who is a bit younger than me) is going through basic. I feel like the only people who understand me, and that I can have a relationship with, are other activer duty members or veterans.
    aztecchick2016 aztecchick2016
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 4, 2015

    Biggest Achievement But Not the Best Choice

    Basic Training was at Fort Jackson, SC from November 1987 to January 1988. AIT was at Fort Gordon, GA from January 1988 to April 1988.  (36M) First duty station was Fort Bragg, NC from April 1988 to April 1989. Second duty station was Uijongbu, Korea from...
    DunnoNeed DunnoNeed
    Apr 4, 2009

    Forever Alone

    i am a disabled veteran who joined the army in 1980 right out of high school, just wanting to get out of a gang infested city in Los Angeles, i made it thru basic but while in AIT at Ft Lee Virginia i was sexually assulted by a fellow soldier, my life was never the same, although...
    latinlaydey latinlaydey
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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    Lydiaaellise Lydiaaellise
    18-21, F
    Apr 21
    I feel the need to drop a little truth on y'all. So buckle up...I'm about to be politically incorrect.We don't need to take America back. No one stole it. It's right here...you're...
    heybro heybro
    56-60, M
    Apr 20
    This will be the last time I ever post something on EP, and it seems fitting that it emanates from the account that started it all for me. I'm not sure I can class myself as a...
    Alania21 Alania21
    22-25, M
    Apr 20
    This is my last ever post on EP: Dear EP, I just wanted to let you know that I'm grateful for providing me with a platform to vent, and cry, and scream, and shout, without...
    oddpodd oddpodd
    22-25, F
    Apr 19
    There was a zombie apocalypse. I was with a group of survivors and we were foraging for food. I was armed with a tile saw, a machete strapped to my back and an assortment of...
    Just1n Just1n
    22-25, M
    Apr 19
    I bargain with time as I sit here watching a man walk by. Who is he? And was it destiny for me to see him look wistfully at a wall which contained behind it a house so beautiful...
    TheAlphaDoge TheAlphaDoge
    Apr 19
    On one can be strong alone it takes a army of people behind them, giving them the courage and the power to move mountains, to make a difference in someone else's life not of their...
    Bobbyjeanc Bobbyjeanc
    61-65, T
    1 Response Apr 19
    I've always loved to draw and paint, whether I was any good never even crossed my mind. I didn't care. I was driven to do it. Then I discovered photography and added that to my...
    MrPerditus MrPerditus
    51-55, M
    Apr 19
    last night i slept with my best friend while in a relationship with a veteran..gosh, i need to just disappear..
    marlizkov marlizkov
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Apr 19
    My Army recruiter came up to my school today to talk to me. We went into a small room so we could talk in private. He wanted to know why I changed my mind about joining the Army...
    moose73630 moose73630
    16-17, M
    1 Response Apr 18
    I was in a 5 year relationship with my bestfriend. I was going to propose to her to show her how much i truly loved her. however, work and school was stressing us out so we ended...
    Abemonstro Abemonstro
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Apr 18
    Hey everyone! I'm a new Army wife, and my husband is currently deployed for training. Luckily we only have 3 weeks to go, but I've been missing him so damn much. I can hardly stand...
    cestlavegan0212 cestlavegan0212
    26-30, F
    Apr 17
    I have a hard time in my family I am one of two boys but I also have six girls in my family. I needed to balance everything with my father leaving for the army occasionally leaving...
    Fornax1 Fornax1
    31-35, M
    Apr 17
    Both as a pervert and someone who needs advice in life. I definitely respect the 50 plus ladies ;) this 22 year old really thinks you gals are amazing!! This site has many great...
    jarocho jarocho
    22-25, M
    Apr 17
    When I was 22 I was serving in a very small town in Afghanistan on an aid mission, we were told to distribute medical supplies to local doctors and nurses, (because of a supposed...
    USMC1990 USMC1990
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Apr 17
    I was gonna join the army but I'm thinking about joining the marine corps but I'm not sure which one to join. I'm planning to enlist when I get my bachelors degree so I'll go in as...
    LibertyCityPD LibertyCityPD
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 17
    Well, I have returned. Why ? Because since I heard the news of EP shutting down I knew I have to come here one more time to take a stroll down the memory lane before it's too...
    PhoenixTearz PhoenixTearz
    31-35, M
    Apr 16
    We were just kids, barely out of high school. We all wanted was to be an Army nurse, but they needed drivers more than nurses and because I was taller and more fit than the rest of...
    Boomer80hd Boomer80hd
    Apr 14
    This girl to ld me tiger off my phone during school and I was texting my dad cause he's in the army and is coming home in July and I rarely get to talk to him so I got in her face...
    madisonbearden2003 madisonbearden2003
    18-21, F
    Apr 14
    My baby's away and I miss him
    deleted deleted
    Apr 13
    My bf left for basic yesterday and I have been trying all types of things to keep me busy , trying to join these support groups hoping someone would reply to just help me get thru...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 13
    At an early age I discovered the joy,s of ************. I dont know my exact age but I was under 10. My older brother had returned from the Army Well maybe I better explain that...
    luckydog1940 luckydog1940
    70+, M
    1 Response Apr 13
    My boyfriend just left for his basic training, and I already miss him a lot. These 3 months will be hard.
    MarziaYaneth MarziaYaneth
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 12
    I think I always knew. However it wasn't until I was in my 30's that I would admit it to myself. All through my teens and 20's, in spite of all the obvious clues. I went through...
    AlbertSAT AlbertSAT
    66-70, M
    7 Responses Apr 11
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