Combat Withdrawal

Another great article from our Sociologist Friends up North!

Finding Purpose

0704afghanistan-700x420_thumb9“the most devastating perpetual trauma I had to overcome was civilian transition… I know the changes I see in myself are not a result of the war in Iraq. Even though those memories are still there and are traumatic, it goes much deeper than that. The changes are the result of a man who wishes he was at war.”
– Jessie Odom, Through Our Eyes

Sometimes the most troubling thing about combat is having to give it up. Many infantrymen who have experienced the harshest conditions in combat are not traumatized by war; they are traumatized by civilian life upon return.

After facing heavy gunfire and the daily threat of being exploded, how can an individual find civilian life the most troubling? Although it’s not a formally recognized condition, many veterans who have experienced high levels of combat develop combat withdrawal when they return home. More than just wishing they…

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A Marine’s Poem and Letter to Dad, From the Front…

This nearly brought me to tears on this Veteran’s Day morning. Everyone have a blessed day!

I usually try to come up with original content, but his words were way better than mine…

(AND FOR MORE VETERANS DAY POEMS AND POEMS BY THE MILITARY/ABOUT THE MILITARY, VISIT SGT. GRIT.

THE MARINE

We all came together, Both young and old,

To fight for our freedom, To stand and be bold,

In the midst of all evil, We stand our ground, And we protect our country From all terror around,

Peace and not war, Is what some people say. But I’ll give my life, So you can live the American way.

I give you the right To talk of your peace, To stand in your groups, And protest in our streets.

But still I fight on, I don’t bitch, I don’t whine. I’m just one of the people Who is doing your time.

I’m harder than nails, Stronger than any machine, I’m the immortal soldier, I’m a U.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes, And leave from your home.

Fight for the people who hate you, With the protests they’ve shown.

Fight for the stranger, Fight for the young. So they all may have This greatest freedom you’ve won.

Fight for the sick, Fight for the poor. Fight for the cripple, Who lives next door.

But when your time comes, Do what I’ve done-

For if you stand up for freedom, You’ll stand when the fight’s done.

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF July 23

Hey Dad, Do me a favor and label this ‘The Marine’ and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US and Canada and the World. I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it, and every heart to feel it! So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway. You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech. ‘When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it. ‘Well, now I know. And I do.. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

Love, Aaron

Please let this marine (and all our military)know we care by passing his poem onto your friends even if you don’t usually take time to forward mail, or re-post a post… Do it this time! Thank you. Let’s help Aaron & his dad spread the word….