It is Sometimes Hard to Make New Friends in the Military

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Military news…

Navy Separates 23 Active-Duty Sailors for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Twenty-three active-duty sailors were separated for their refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The ranks of the sailors were not immediately clear.

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U.S. Air Force Ramps Up Intel Flights, Weapons Shipments to Ukraine

U.S. and allied reconnaissance flights in Eastern Europe have been ongoing since at least Dec. 24, dispatching multiple types of planes to listen in on communications signals and shoot high-altitude images.

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‘We’re Always Ready’—Meet The Soldiers of America’s Go-to Rapid Response Force

The 82nd Airborne Division makes up the core of the Immediate Response Force, a contingent of mostly soldiers tapped to deploy in under a day to respond to crises around the globe. 

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Fort Bragg MP Charged With Dereliction of Duty For Allegedly Moonlighting as a Drug Dealer

A military police soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, faces a general court-martial in May for multiple counts of using and selling Oxycodone while on duty.

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Alexandria VA Unveils New Statue Recognizing Female Veterans

A new statue recognizing female veterans was unveiled Friday at the Alexandria, Louisiana, Veterans Affairs hospital campus.

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Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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It’s Tough Being the New Kid on the Block

After basic training I was accepted into the Army Security Agency, which is a unit of soldiers who, in my case, monitored radio/teletype transactions to make sure there were no breaches of security.

I was sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for my training for that. I was separated from my two buddies there. I began to feel the loneliness again. Yes, there were hundreds of other soldiers just like me, but they weren’t from my home area. They were from all over the United States. They all had their own ways to approach people. Some didn’t want to have anything to do with the people around them.

I didn’t see why it was happening, and went out of my way to “cross the center line,” to the other side to get acquainted with them. I made some good friends on both sides, and didn’t get in trouble for doing it from either side.

Do you have family members, or fellow soldiers that you feel are isolating themselves from you? Are there those who want to be alone, and not mix with others?

I have felt that while I was stationed in Korea. There was a breakdown of short timers, (those with a month to go or less,) new guys who were “outcasts,” until they proved themselves, and the regular group who were in between.

I went through all three stages while I was there. However, I couldn’t let myself treat the new soldiers as outcasts. I learned that my first week there myself.

I was just settling in when two guys came walking up to me in my Quonset hut, (metal shelter.) They were both big and strong looking guys. One was African American, who looked like a linebacker, and the other was “tall drink of water,” from Texas.

I was every worried as they came towards me. Why would they fool around with a “newsikky,” (new guy) like me? They both had smiles on their faces and shook my hand. They greeted me like I was somebody important.

I figured they were the welcoming committee, but they weren’t. They were just two soldiers who had gone through the gauntlet like all new soldiers had to do, and they had decided that they would make sure no one else had to.

That was the one main factor that helped me cope while I was in Korea. I became very good buddies with those two guys. (Besides they were big and tough and they protected me!) They set the pattern that I used the whole time I was there. I felt it was my duty, because of these two men, to make the new soldiers feel welcome.

If you have been through some feelings of rejection in your world, reach out to someone who is in the same boat as you are and help them cope. Be like my two “angels” who came to make me feel welcome, and make others around you feel important and special.

You will not only feel good about what you are doing, but you will help someone who is struggling a great deal.

IWILL

There are times when you have “down time,” in the military. Use that time to get to know some of the soldiers that don’t seem to have any friends. It may seem uncomfortable at first, and they may reject you, but they will never be the same. They will know that someone cares, and they will walk a little taller.

Think about this

Isn’t it great that when we smile at someone they smile back?

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Checking in on you…How are you doing? Are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,735 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If you are battling mentally, because of your love for others, but it isn’t working, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will no hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…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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Prostitution Was Rampant Near the Deployed Bases

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Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the trenches of Life.

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Iriwaba Means Come here

When I was in Korea for a while, I had time to go for walks in the Village of Uigongbo, Korea. It was a broken down village that didn’t seem to have any industry supporting itself.

I soon found out that the industry was prostitution. There were women of all ages waving at me and yelling “Iriwaba,”

Iriwaba means “Come here!” These women were all trying to entice you to come into their little parlor and have sex with them for a fee. I was such a naïve young man I didn’t respond for the first few trips there. Then one night when the guys decided I needed to get drunk and party, I ended up waking up from a stupor and saw an elderly lady on top of me buck naked, and I was too. She was having sex with me, and I didn’t even know it! As my eyes cleared, I saw that she was eating an apple like I was one of the people she would please while on a break!

I was told she was a “mommasonA mommason, is  a boss of the prostitutes, and I was delegated to have sex with the old pro who thought she needed an apple while she was performing her act on me.

I ask her the fee. She said one of the guys paid it and the going rate was a carton of cigarettes.  I said “What, a carton of cigarettes?” She said that one carton of cigarettes, which was worth $2.00, would get her family enough food for a week. The cartons were a hot commodity in the “Black Market.”  

So, for a $2.00 (over there in 1961) carton of cigarettes you could find pleasure.

I thought this could be fun to spend a couple of dollars and get laid. So, another time I went out into the village, and a mommason beckoned me to come into her shack. I thought she was the one providing the services, but she walked me into her bedroom and lying on the bed naked was a little girl that couldn’t have been more than twelve years old. She looked frightened, and didn’t want to look at me.

I knew then that this was probably her first time. I was ready to punch the mommason in the nose, and left quickly. 

Later I learned having so much sex in that village could be deadly. One of the soldiers, who bragged about being with a woman every night, caught some serious infection in his gentiles and eventually had to have them cut off to save his life. The vision cured me of any extra trips to the village for pleasure.

Now you are asking me, why on earth did you share this with me?

The experiences I had in Korea changed my life. Some of the experiences I am not proud of, but I learned so much on the thirteen months I was stationed there. This particular lesson I learned is that something may look enticing, and could give you pleasure, but it also could be something that is very serious and could lead to a “dead end.”

If you are now stationed in a foreign country, and have open access to pleasures you are having a hard time avoiding, think about this story. Think about the soldier who lost his chance to have any children, just because he thought what he was doing felt good.

We all want our pleasures in this world, but we need to carefully check to see if they can be harmful or even dangerous for us. We need to know if they are things that God will be OK with.

IWILL

This chapter would be a great time to talk about thinking drugs and alcohol are a pleasure we can’t seem to stop, but I have separate chapters for each of those. There are so many, so called pleasures, we need to take measures to identify them and see how they may or may not fit into our world.  We can find many pleasures that are not harmful, and actually enrich our lives.

Think about this

Isn’t it interesting that sometimes packages look great on the outside until we open them up? 

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Checking in on you…How are you doing? Are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,700 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If you are battling mentally, because of your love for others, but it isn’t working, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will no hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…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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It is Hard to Adjust to the Private Sector When you Have Been Deployed to Other Countries

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Military news…

A federal judge has effectively granted more than 30 Navy special operators the service’s first religious exemptions for the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Several high-level executives of a private military housing company that was fined $65 million after pleading guilty to fraud were implicated in the scheme, but never held accountable for their actions.

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For the sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Monday morning’s snow storms.

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While Americans See an End to 20 Years of War, VA’s Job Has Just Begun

Veterans have immediate, life-or-death needs and want better care. They want it for yesterday’s veterans, too.

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New Law Named For Vanessa Guillén Will Revamp Military Investigations Into Sexual Assault, Harassment

As of January 1, decisions to prosecute sexual assault and sexual harassment will be made outside the chain of command and survivors will be offered protection against retaliation.

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Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

What Are They Thinking?

On one of my off days in Korea, I was invited to ride with a courier to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone.)

I thought that would be very interesting so I accepted the invite. We had to go through several villages, and of course the people didn’t seem to like us. They were shouting things at us I probably didn’t want to hear.

We got to the DMZ. What a depressing place! It was a very small outpost with guards watching the North Koreans on the other side of the DMZ. They let me look through one of their binoculars, and I could see a North Korean soldier looking through his binoculars back at me. It was a very odd feeling. He was just another guy like me, but he would probably shoot me if he could.

There is still strife between the two countries. There is still the DMZ zone. There are soldiers still looking at each other with binoculars. Nothing much has changed, except the lives of those who had to serve in Korea.

They came home and then they had to try to cope in the private sector. They had/have to adjust, and survive. I feel for them, because I was there with them. I know the frustrations. I know the disappointment. I know the feeling that no one cares.

I can say that it is hard to block out the negative aspects of our military service. It is hard to change thoughts into a different world in the private sector. It took me a while to clear my mind and concentrate on the future. I had to realize that I needed to move on and start a new adventure. I needed to think about the next day of my life.

I never have regretted serving my country. I would do it again if I was able. I have learned that I just need to be thankful that I have another day on this earth, and should seek what I can do to better my live and those around me that I love. 

IWILL

Some of the soldiers, in the private sector, have some issues still lingering with them from their time in in the service. I understand this. I have had to re-group myself. The key is to do something about it. Don’t hide your feelings. Get the right help to get you back on track in life. There are many resources in the back of this book to help you on your way down your new path of life.

There is always help for you 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255

Think about this

Isn’t it funny that so much of what we fear is only the fear of the unknown?

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Checking in on you…How are you doing/ Have you lost faith in our world?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,610 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If you are battling mentally, because of your love for others, but it isn’t working, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will no hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…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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