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I Am An Army Veteran

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    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 26-30 1 Response Oct 15, 2015

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    Reunion

    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

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    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...
    texaspilot texaspilot 46-50, M 4 Responses May 31, 2015

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    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

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    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 3 Responses Dec 4, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    aztecchick2016 aztecchick2016 26-30, F Dec 5, 2015

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    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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    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 26-30 1 Response Apr 16, 2009

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    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

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    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 2 Responses Feb 8, 2015

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    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

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    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 46-50 1 Response Apr 9, 2010

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    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

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    11-11-11

    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

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    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 41-45 Apr 4, 2009

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    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...
    texaspilot texaspilot 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 3, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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...
    FIREWALK01 FIREWALK01 61-65, M 1 Response Dec 30, 2010

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    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...
    texaspilot texaspilot 46-50, M 8 Responses Dec 4, 2015

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    amosquito amosquito 31-35, M Feb 4, 2014

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    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

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    1998-2002

    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

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    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

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    Oscar5kilo/mike7/kilo9

    I loved being in the Army. I grew up in a military family. My parents were both in the Armed Forces, and met at the Pentagon in 1963. My mother was a W.A.C. ( Women's' Army Corp ), and one of the first 5 W.A.C.s to be trained on IBM computers. She met my father ( who...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 46-50, F 13 Responses Oct 11, 2009

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    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

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    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

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    OIF!!

    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

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    Fng

    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

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    I'm an uk combat veteran

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

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    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

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    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 26-30 3 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    Yep, I am one. Did a little over 6 years,

    97-03. Germany, Kansas (with a field trip to Kuwait), and Maryland. Made some lifelong friends, would do it again in a heartbeat.
    GuardDuck GuardDuck 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 23, 2014

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    One thing I've learned is that army girlfriends understand something no one else does. We know what it is to love someone truly for their person. We don't have a ring or his last...
    tplum15 tplum15 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Even though I enlisted for all the wrong reasons, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I wore my uniform proudly, and served my country the best I could.
    Solitaireman Solitaireman 56-60, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm so glad I found this website. It helps so much when I can come on here and vent about life as an army gf when I can't do that with my friends. They don't understand and are...
    tplum15 tplum15 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    We dont have enough people who understand PTSD Agent Orange and the toll it taks on our men women amd their families
    richochet96791 richochet96791 36-40, M 5 days ago

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    Veterans have served for our country put their lives on the line and are homeless. It makes no sense.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 5 Responses Jan 28

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    My wife's brother died yesterday. A tragic life. High school football star, "A" student, hansome. bright future. Drafted in 1969 and after basic training sent to Vietnam, given a...
    hancockian hancockian 66-70, M 5 Responses Jan 28

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