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Re: “Still screwed

Too funny. Your handle is Obstructionist so should anyone believe you have an objective bone in your body? We should also believe that you know one of the guys in the story and you have seen his medical records. Yeah right. You dare to talk about my right to exercise my freedom. Buddy, I fought for those rights, I shed blood for those rights and I would venture to say you never had the guts to stand up and do the same. I have been there, done that and I am still doing it.

You’re a false patriot. I would bet your one of those who talks about supporting the troops but not the mission. I would bet your also one of those who drives around town with a yellow ribbon on their car because it is the politically correct thing to do and not because you really believe in supporting the troops. Everyone today volunteered. Everyone today is serving because it is what they wanted to do and knew full well it is an Army at war. They were not drafted. A Soldier trains for war and prays for peace. A Soldier sacrifices for you. We who serve know that. It is what we do and who we are.

War sucks. All wars suck. But it was a war that gave you the right to be wrong and it is guys like me who shred our blood so you can be a fool. Instead of talking about what you don’t know about, you should just say THANK YOU to me and guys like me and move on. Why don’t you stop being an obstructionist and have the balls to stand up and be part of the solution. If you think supporting the troops by hiding behind an online name and writing about how bad the consequences of the war are, then you’re a fool. Move out from behind the screen go to your congressman and senator and tell them you want our Soldiers to come home now. Contact the President. Protest. Stand out in the heat and the cold. March and sacrifice for your belief. That is a far more honorable thing than doing what you’re doing.

Posted by Old Soldier on 12/11/2009 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Still screwed

You’re a bunch of Kool Aid drinkers. Do you know these Soldiers? Do you know if these issues are real or just guys who are trying to game the system? Unless you know them personally and know the facts, you should not believe everything you read everything from the Media. I served with two of these guys and their stories are not what is written. Then again if the truth was know, no one would read the article

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Posted by Old Soldier on 12/11/2009 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Still screwed

What a bunch of Bovine Scatology. Phases like Soldier's Heart, Nostalgia, Battle Fatigue, Shell Shocked, Thousand Yard Stare, Dinky Dow have been around prior to when David slew Goliath. Today the new enhanced term is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is real? Yes. War is hell and hell affects anyone. Can PTSD happen to anyone who has had a traumatic event take place in their life? Yes. Can it happen to those in combat or even those who never wore a uniform? Yes. Do traumatic events affect each person differently? Yes. Is there one magic pill be given to treat everyone equally? No. A recent Rand report stated that 20% of Americans who never served in uniform have PTSD and it is expected to have 20% of Soldiers who served in combat to also have 20%. Is the Army looking to screw anyone because they are hurt? No. It is an Army and it has a mission for being ready for combat and being in combat. If you can’t be in the fight, you have to move on. That’s the way it was, the way it is and the way it will always be. You can’t get a fit replacement with a hurt Soldier in that position. Cruel? Not at all. As a former combat leader, I would much rather have a injured Soldier move to a WTU and get the medical help they need and if needed, be medically retired/separated than have a hurt Soldier in a position who may not be able to perform and cause others to die. Is that cruel? Maybe so, but damn less cruel than having to notify a young widow with children that her soldier will not ever be coming home.
It is time for all the whining anti- war, anti-military liberals who have no clue what they are talking about to shut up about how bad these Soldiers have it and do something about it. I would recommend that first of all get educated about what the WTU’s, the Army and the VA system have done and continue to do to improve and secondly, instead of wasting time complaining about how bad these Soldiers who volunteered to serve have it, step out and do something to help them. How many of you have reached out to a Soldier or his family? How many have you sought to get them jobs? What have you done? I would bet not much.

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Posted by Old Soldier on 12/10/2009 at 11:38 AM

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