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(It is because all Generals in battle have to go up on the front lines with the rest of the soldiers.)
You can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t shoot, you can’t physically train without an effective NCO.”
|Following a ‘call to duty,’ Washington Army veteran faces uneasy entry into Ukraine Nearly two decades ago, Carl Larson served in the Army as American troops toppled Saddam Hussein. Now 47, the Snohomish County, Wash., resident is back in a war zone, this time to help the Ukrainian people in their fierce defense against Russian invaders.|
Commandant Gen. David Berger made the comment as the number of U.S. troops on the Continent recently reached 100,000 for the first time in nearly two decades.
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.
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…texting 838255
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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