The Afghan War May Be Over, But its Scars Will Last Forever

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Military news….

The last U.S. military aircraft has left Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, marking the final moment of America’s longest war. The conflict left thousands of American troops and Afghan citizens dead and injured and shaped an entire generation of American service members.

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As the ground war in Afghanistan comes to an end, the military’s mission elsewhere continues, like in California, where Air Force Tactical Air Control Party members are helping firefighters battle wildfires. But they are not calling in airstrikes like they would in a combat zone. Instead, they are doing something much more useful.

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Sometimes good news comes in the strangest forms, like when a Navy challenge coin saved the life of an Oklahoma police officer by stopping the bullet that would have hit his femoral artery.

Even if Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss knew he would die in Kabul, he still would have deployed there, said his wife Alena, who survived Knauss after the Special Forces soldier was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan last week. The 23-year-old was a remarkable man.

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My view…

Yes, the Afghan war is over, but its scars last for ever.

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Another reminder is that I have slowed down my sharing of excerpts from my upcoming book. Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the trenches of Life.

Speaking of trenches, one of my sections of the book is called, Voices from the Trenches.

These will be actual interviews from soldiers who have been deployed to a foreign land. Many of the interviews were very hard for me to do. They talk about death. They talk about lost buddies.

They talk about near death experiences. Some are even funny.

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You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Racism is Not Much of a Problem in the Military

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Military news…

The military’s got a long list of more important things to worry about than ‘wokeness’ and ‘critical race theory, which reminds readers that the national security universe does not revolve around whatever Fox News host Tucker Carlson thinks of it. For example, have you heard of private housing contractors forcing military families to live in mold and rodent-infested houses? Yep, that’s a thing, and it’s still going on.

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A private donor is funding a National Guard deployment and nobody’s sure if it’s legal or not. South Dakota governor Kristi Noem said on Tuesday that up to 50 of her state’s Guardsmen are deploying to Texas to help secure the border with Mexico. Apparently a Tennessee billionaire is paying for it, which has national security experts and legal scholars scratching their heads.

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who led the Pentagon at the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001, has died at 88. Rumsfeld was SecDef when Jeff first started out reporting on the military, so no one can summarize better, or more succinctly, than Jeff can Rumsfeld’s outsized impact on America’s national security more than 15 years after he left office.

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Sixty Army special operators who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu 28 years ago are having awards they’d previously received for their heroic actions upgraded to Silver Stars and Distinguished Flying Crosses.The 15-hour battle, now known to history as ‘Black Hawk Down,’ saw 18 soldiers killed and dozens wounded in some of the heaviest fighting since the Vietnam War.

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There is no hiding the fact that Afghanistan is collapsing in real time and as a result the country will look remarkably similar to how it appeared on Sept. 11, 2001. The Taliban control most of the country, and are now just a two-hour drive from the capital, Kabul.

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One thing I really remember about time in the military was the “hurry up and wait” slogan.

I can’t tell you how many times I had to wait for new equipment to come. I struggled with the old beaten up equipment far too long.

Another thing I remember about the military was the closeness the soldiers had. There were no barriers of race or creed. We were all brothers working together to protect our country.

These current thoughts of training the military about racism, is not a waste, but the soldiers already know about racism, and do not use it at anytime.

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These thoughts are from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Friday bed check. How are you doing? Do you wonder if you will ever get rid of the nightmares. Do you still grieve over losing a buddy?

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 12,400 fellow veterans here on this site, who have your back.

Of course it is just to hard for you now, 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 the know you are OK.

Do not try to take on this crazy world alone!

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1 For texting 838255

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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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There is a Concern on How Little Support the Government is Giving Our Military

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Military news…

A pregnant National Guard soldier who was sleeping at her battalion’s armory while her unit was out conducting annual training was left without food or transportation for days. The soldier’s husband gave Haley more details about how her supervisors “didn’t do the bare minimum” of at least leaving her some food or a way to get food while the rest of her unit was training.

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America has less than 80 days to keep its promise to evacuate Afghan interpreters and their families from Afghanistan  The interpreters will most likely be killed by the Taliban if they are captured once U.S. troops leave the country on Sept. 11, a deadline which is fast approaching. As one Marine veteran in Congress said, President Biden’s administration “should have started [the evacuation] months ago.”

*Not sure president Biden cares.

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Short military news today because I want to share some personal thoughts…

  1. I am extremely worried on the direction our government is going as to support for our military. Many have said that President Trump was the most supportive military president ever. Others have said that President Biden is the worst.
  2. Doing my interviews for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life, I have found that many Vietnam veterans have turned down their Purple Heart medals. The common reason is that they had friends that died and they are still alive. I believe they should be accepting those medals. My main question to each veterans is, “What would your buddy that was killed say.”
  3. I watched a movie last night about the bomb squads that were in Iraq looking for explosives. I learned to totally respect those men who did that. Many times it is a life or death situation.
  4. I have probably shared this before, but I am part of a military family going back to WWII. I had three uncles who fought in WWII. Two of them received the Purple Heart. That inspired me to enlist and serve. My son also devoted his life to the military, and retired as a Colonel.

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If you want to see some actual excerpts from my book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life, keep coming back. I will be sharing many. Better yet.. Go to the top of this page and click on “Subscribe.” When you do all future posts will go directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you…

How are you doing? Have thoughts of lost buddies been haunting you?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 12,370 fellow veterans here who have your back.

But! If it is just too overwhelming for you right now, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number for you 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 let past circumstances overcome you.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1 For texting…838255.

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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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