Beware of the Enemy While on Deployment

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I am struggling tonight, so I will have to make this post short. I went to urgent care, and they decided I had Pneumonia. Waiting for my subscription to be done. Very weak and very short of breath.

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I told you in my last post that I was going to continue telling you about my trip up to the DMZ, in South Korea.

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When we finally got to the DMZ I was on my own. The courier had to deliver packages to several places.

I walked into what they called the bar. It was very tiny. About like you living room. The bar only had certain drinks, because they didn’t deliver to the area very much. The prices were very high because of that.

It was my day off so I ordered a drink. I sat there for a while and then, a soldier that was dressed in full combat gear, saw me and wondered if I want to go with him to the outpost. This would be the farthest you could go, and not cross into the DMZ.

I went with him and we stepped out onto a “Patio,” like spot with railings. We could see forever at this spot. He wondered if I could see the buildings on the other side, and I said just barley.

He then handed me some very powerful binoculars. He said take a look. I did, and I saw a North Korean guard looking back at me through his binoculars.

I asked the soldier if I should wave at him. The soldier said, “Hell no! That guy would rather see you dead.”

Lesson learned!

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Time for bed check. How are you doing? Have you ever seen the enemy face to face like I did? How did that affect you?

Are the days feeling too long. Do you wish you could sleep all day to avoid the world?

You are not alone.

There are over 11.630 fellow veterans here who have your back.

However, if the path is getting too rough, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. they will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Do not take on this world alone!

1-800-273-8255

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Not All Heroes are on the Front Lines. A Marine Saved a Life in California

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My last post a shared some sad stories about heroes who gave their all in WWII. Today I am wanting to share a more uplifting story about a hero that wasn’t on the front lines.

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A Marine’s quick thinking meant the difference between life and death for a motorist on an isolated desert road in California last year.

Capt. Stephen Alexander, the executive officer for the Marines’ recruiting station in Dallas, was driving through Elora, California on his way to the Marine Corps ball to celebrate the service’s 245th birthday when a vehicle going the other way lost control and flipped onto its side.

“Once the vehicle came to a final stop, I pulled over immediately,” Alexander said in a press release. The Marine was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in a ceremony in Texas on Dec. 11.

“There was a vehicle in front of me that also pulled over with [3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment] Marines,” said Alexander, who at the time of the incident was a first lieutenant with 3/4 stationed in California. “I’d never met them before; they were from a different company. We all ran over to the vehicle; at this point the vehicle was on its side and the driver was at the bottom and not coherent.”

The driver was unconscious and critically injured, and the Marines could not open any of the car doors due to the vehicle damage from the crash. Undeterred, one Marine broke through the back window while Alexander smashed through the windshield so that he could start applying trauma care.

“Once they smashed in the window I hopped in and started treating as many injuries as I could find,” Alexander said. “Every once and a while the driver would come back to consciousness and say he couldn’t breathe.”

There was no cell service in that part of the desert, and the nearest ranger station was about an hour away. The Marines would have to make do until help arrived. Alexander found that the driver’s leg was partially severed, so he used belts as tourniquets to stop the bleeding before another Marine provided an actual tourniquet.

“We came to Vegas with our dress blues, not tourniquets or our emergency field kits,” Alexander said. “Had the other Marines not been there, there’s no way I could have acquired the things needed to treat him. I would have tried my best, but there’s not a whole lot I could have done once I got in the vehicle had they not continued to provide whatever resources they could find.”

After about an hour, park rangers arrived, followed by a nurse who took over treatment for the driver. The nurse found that the driver also had a punctured lung which was causing his shortness in breath. After about two hours, a helicopter arrived to take the driver, but it couldn’t find a place to land. Luckily, an ambulance came by, at about the same time and Alexander moved the driver into it so he could get to a hospital.

A former infantry officer, Alexander had been trained for this sort of situation. But in the end, he said no amount of training can fully prepare you for the real thing.

“I think reacting to something like that, you either do or you don’t,” said Alexander. “There’s no Marines Hymn playing in the background as you run across the road; you just do something.”

Alexander himself suffered a traumatic brain injury which could have killed him just four months prior to the car accident. He never expected he would wind up treating a driver suffering the same injuries, he said in the release. Though he never found out what happened to the driver, the quick actions of Alexander and the other Marines deserve praise.

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There are many of these kind of stories I will be sharing in the future. But, my next post will be all about my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life.”

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How are you doing my friend? The rush of Christmas and the pandemic that doesn’t allows us to see family, and it can pull us down like a huge magnate.

Hope everything is going great for you, but if it isn’t, remember over 10,370 fellow veterans follow this site, and they all have your back.

However, if it is getting too overwhelming, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. They have highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Don’t take on anything alone in this not so friendly world.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Heroes Go Way back to WWI, Saving Lives

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Going to start out by sharing some stories about heroes. Not iraq, not Afghanstan, not vietnam, not WWII, or even Korea. These stories are all about WWI.

  1. PFC Charles D. Barger 0f L company, 354 Infantry, 89th Infantry Division, was a soldier from missouri who endured the harships 0f combat service on the Western Front. He had the best cheerful atitude possible. On October 31st, 1918. (Halloween at home) while fighting in the Banthevillle Wood, Barger along with PFC Jesse Funk made two trips in front of friendly fire to rescue two wounded officers left behind during a reconnissance patrol.
  2. PFC Jesse Funk of the same group, was a cowboy from Colorado when he entered the Army in early 1918. Although wounded earlier that day, he volunteered to join Barger in rescuing the two officers. They both crawled through no-man’s land twice to bring the comrades back to safety.
  3. Army !st Luetenant Howard A. Furlong– After German machine-gun fire killed his commanding officer, Furlong moved out from a protected area in the Banthaville forest. He manuvered behind a German line of machine-guns and engaged them with his rifle. He killed a number of enemy soldiers, knocked out four machine-guns, and captured 20 prisoners.

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Some stats or WWI:

  1. Hostile deaths 53,513
  2. Non-hostle deaths 63, 195
  3. Wounded 204,002

+ Most of the Non-hostle deaths were do to an influenca epidemic that swept through stateside Army Camps.

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Here is th new Veteran’s Creed:

  1. I am an American Veteran.
  2. I proudly served my country.
  3. I live the values I learned in the miitary.
  4. I continue to serve my community, my country, and my fellow veterans.
  5. I maintain my physical and mental discipline.
  6. I continue to lead and improve.
  7. I make a difference.
  8. I honor and remember my fellow comrades.

+Read this several times and see how you are doing.

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I shared an interview with you from my book, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. Now I am going to share an endorsement. This endorsement is from a General.:

Most of us are fortunate not to have experienced the stress of combat.  Words cannot adequately define the grinding daily pressure of knowing that every time you step outside the gate the enemy will try to kill you and your buddies.  You are constantly alert, on point; but how can you protect your team from the instantaneous blast of the IED?  You are part of a highly-trained team poised to execute, but what has prepared you for the mental toll of being on edge every moment.  The skills that helped you survive….have taken a toll and are now working against you when you return home.  What do you do now; where do you turn?  Whether you are dealing with PTSD, TBI, depression, homelessness, or recovering from wounds; Doug Bolton has answers…..this book has answers!

Jim Jaeger

Brigadier General, USAF, ret

San Antonio, TX

Member of the Board, Victory for Veterans

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How are you doing today my friend? Life is a little rough? Too many fires burning at once? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? You are not alone. There are 9,485 fellow veterans on this site who have your back.

However, if it is just too much for you now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number for you to call. It has has highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!