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Re: “Carson's WTU: It's an old story

Unfortunately, a lot of soldiers have a blind loyalty and obedience to the Army. I know I was a soldier for eight years. Although it wasn't allowed for me to question anything in the Army I often did. I did so out of the courtesy of a decent human being. I have seen the best and worst in the Army. Decided it wasn't for me any more. A lot of NCO's and Officers keep as much as they can under wraps. I have seen plenty of soldiers who were simply not taken care of. I was one of them. Never had anything but loyalty to the service. Turns out the service is not loyal back.

To most this is just a interesting story to read. For soldiers and Veterans it should be a wake up call. If we do not take care of ourselves who will. We have a real stake in what has been going on for a while. Often a lot of abuse goes unchecked or unnoticed until a soldier leaves the service and realizes he/she was screwed. Don't believe me ask a Vietnam Vet like my father. He retired from the Army got out did not claim any disabilities from the VA. He had some bad PTSD and as it turns out lots of unexplained illnesses that were linked to Agent Orange. My mother had to make him put in a claim. This was met with some furious resistance by the VA. He eventually got his rating. This didn't help him when he really needed it. His life is now painful and without relief. He had told me not to join. I did anyways.

I read the Indy all the time. Its refreshing to find something in Colorado Springs that isn't full of right wing biased, run of the mill, uncultured, religious red neck trash. Think I covered all bases. This city is a shameful, sorry excuse for a city and so is this state. My family has lived here for generations. It hasn't seemed to evolve at all.

The majority of the Vets that live here think their loyalty lies in the conservative right. They are blinded by the b s. The most terrible thing is that they do not support their own. This all needs to change!!

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Posted by Ronin on 05/05/2010 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Locked and loaded

History repeats itself. After WWII veterans were in the same predicament. PTSD and veterans going to prison was a taboo subject. Service in the military alone is very stressful. I am a vet myself and know this to be true. Many vets I talk to take a hard stance on this issue. Their stance is usually not to cut anyone a break. We've become so disconnected. We still hold each other to a high standard. I do not feel this way. There are vets that need help but will never get it. It has been shown that it takes about 5 years to re-adjust after coming back from war. Sometimes longer. With help maybe sooner. If numbers tell the tale then the numbers we should look at are who are the vets who have seen action. At any given time the percentage of troops in a combat outfit is usually about 20% of the total Army. This has been true since WWII. It doesn't tell the whole story, but is a good start. Freedom is expensive in lives lost. Both literal and psychological. Programs come and go just like the the respect a soldier gets for his service. This town is very callous to Vets and soldiers alike. We've worn out our welcome until the next important war. After all whats one more soldiers life on the altar of politics and policies.

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Posted by Ronin on 09/24/2009 at 6:27 PM

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