Military Scars Shows Where we Have Been, But They Don’t Show we Are Going

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Military news…

We salute the USS Daniel Inouye for flying its badass battle flag on the way into port
A fitting tribute to a legendary soldier and lawmaker.

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Russia is reportedly trying to recruit former Afghan commandos to fight in Ukraine
Many Afghan commandos fled the country after the Taliban took power and are reportedly now in Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere.

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Washington veteran returns from harrowing Ukraine front-line duty

Iraq War veteran Carl Larson spent many tough weeks in the front-line trenches of northeast Ukraine. Since his return home, he has been raising money to buy generators and other supplies for the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine troops.

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From Camp Pendleton to Cuba: Marine remembers the invasion that almost happened

When Thad McManus, a retired teacher who lives in Poulsbo, Washington, spoke about the Cuban Missile Crisis to his history students at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, he wasn’t quoting from a book. He’d been there.

( I was there too.)

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US, South Korea and Japan vow to increase defense cooperation amid North Korean threats

Diplomats from the US, South Korea and Japan agreed to strengthen their countries’ shared defensive measures in light of North Korea’s missile tests.

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Scars Can Show Where We’ve Been, But They Don’t Show Where We Are Going

One of the hardest things for us as veterans and current soldiers is dealing with the scars we have had from the past. It may be a physical scar, or it may be mental or emotional. We can’t keep living in the past. Much of it is too painful to relive again. Yes, the present isn’t exactly rosy sometimes either, but it is here, and we need to deal with it. The one-day-at-a-time thought works for me. I just do what I need to do to make it through each day, and I am thankful when I have made it.

The future is something we can’t always control, but we can help shape it by being eager to take it on and conquering it with our determination and guts.

I feel deeply of those of you who have physical scars. I also feel deeply for those of you who have mental and emotional scars. I have been to the mountain with these kinds of scars.

Strive to never give in to the dark side thought of doom and gloom. Look for the bright side, and share it with others around you who need it as well.

This reminds me of Kris Kyle the sniper who was famous for his accuracy, and how many lives he saved by eliminating the enemy who was about to kill our soldiers. He was a tough and no nonsense kind of guy, and yet he lost his live trying to help a fellow soldier who was battling his own demons. Kris was trying to help others even though he had his own dark times.

Never give up! There may be walls in your way, but you will overcome them with perseverance.

Let someone pile expectations on you, and then exceed them. Your biggest goals in life become your biggest achievements. If you have discipline and drive, you don’t lose. You cannot lose. New ideas are sometimes scary, but can end up something special. Walls: They separate, divide, and isolate. But walls can always fall.

What we have to remember is that we have to go through the pains of life to achieve the joys. Pains actually inspire growth. 

I saw those words recently and at first I thought, Easy for you to say! Most people don’t know what real pain is. My neighbor recently complained she had double abscessed teeth. Knowing how painful that is, since I have had abscessed teeth myself, I thought about those military servicemen and women have lost their legs, arms, or are going to be in a wheelchair the rest of their lives. The level of pain is relevant to only what you are really going through.

We must always remember: With God on Our Side, who can be against us? No one!

IWILL

It is hard enough to exist in this cruel world without adding pain and mental strain to our lives. We need to battle the elements that attack us with vigor and valor, just like we would on the front lines, in the trenches, as we face the enemy. Stand strong and be brave.

Think about this

Isn’t it interesting how it takes bravery to face this world, but it takes even more bravery to give it all up to God?

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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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Life in the Private Sector May be Difficult After Your Time in the Military

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Military news…

US soldiers just showed Russia how a competent army performs a bridge crossing

This is exactly what we would be doing in a combat environment.”

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Inside the US military’s modern ‘island hopping’ campaign to take on China

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.

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The Navy is firing a lot of officers and saying almost nothing about it

Since May 31, six commanding officers and one command master chief have lost their jobs.

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Why Ukraine’s wins against Russian aircraft should worry the US Air Force

“Penetrating contested airspace is only part of the challenge — and it may not even be the most important one.”

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Iran is once again playing chicken with the US Navy

Three fast inshore attack craft from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy were recently caught on video harassing the US Navy. 

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No, aircraft carriers will not be useless in a war with China

A lot would have to align before China’s military could successfully hit a carrier at sea with a ballistic missile under wartime conditions.

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2 soldiers who just wanted to go home early wound up pulling a man from a burning truck

Two classmates found themselves putting out a vehicle fire and saving the driver together on an Oklahoma highway.

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I am going to share another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Are You Trying to Finish the Race With a Broken Leg?

You have spent several years of your life serving your country. You have had many months of stress, and pain. You may be still in the trenches, or you may be already out in the private sector.

As the time gets near to facing the outside world, separate from the military, are you ready? Do you have a plan? If you are already in the private sector, have you attempted to fit in, or are you hiding from others?

What I have said here doesn’t fit most of you, but there are some who are having difficult times thinking about the future. You worry about the new approach to living. You were used to the strictness, and regimented type atmosphere, and fear that this approach will not be too acceptable in your new environment. Then you are facing a world where you make all the decisions. Some of us do not do well with no one in authority over us.

In the private sector, we have to find a new normal. The first goal at this time is to release the past. The second goal is to plan for the present. The third goal is to look to the future.

Treat each new day, in the private sector, as if there was just a new fallen snow and it has provided a white blanket for you to walk on to form a path that only you take and others follow.  

After we join the private sector, we expect our lives to suddenly be happy, trouble free, and victorious. We forget that victories come only after we fight battles and win. 

There shouldn’t be this barrier between you and what you are trying to accomplish. It is tough enough to survive in this world without other factors digging into your thinking process.

Having stress about facing the new world is like having a broken leg and trying to finish a race. It can be done, but the pain, and agony is almost unbearable.

Help yourself by taking time before you leave the military to study the ways of cooperation’s. Learn how to adjust to the new status quo. Don’t go into a new situation cold turkey.

Read up on life after the military. There are books that can guide you to walk the right path to help ease you into the new world.

Go to night school and get some college credits. There are also online courses you can take no matter where you are in the world. My son was able to get two Masters Degrees while in the military, and this helped him get a very nice job when he retired.

My first few months after I got out of the military were pretty stressful because I had a family. I had to provide, and there weren’t too many jobs to be had. I had to work at jobs I didn’t really like. Some were down right degrading, like the story I told you about working on the “chain gang,” railroad crew.

But I slowly adjusted and eventually found a job in teaching that was very good for not only providing for my family, but was rewarding as well.

Take on this world with vigor, and courage. It is almost as daunting in the private sector as it is in the deserts of Afghanistan. You are a brave soldier for facing that challenge, and I am sure you will be just as brave in the private sector. You will achieve your goals and be a very productive citizen, who has a big feather in their cap. The feather of valor, and commitment, because of your time you served your country.

IWILL

Don’t think that people will look down on you for being a soldier. It may happen from time to time. I went through that when I was a teacher, and invited my son Colonial K.C. Bolton to come and speak to my class. He was honored to come, and the principal even had him speak to the school.

However, there were a couple of the teachers who were anti-war, and wasn’t happy that a soldier was coming to speak. They let me know about it, and I stood my ground. I said I was very proud of my son, and since I was a veteran as well, I felt they were also attacking me.  That quieted them down a little, and they even recanted their thinking after hearing my son share the need for bravery in each of the children’s lives. It was a wonderful talk and the children loved him.

I once said in a talk during a book signing,” Let people feel the weight of who you are, and let them deal with it.”

Think on this

Isn’t it funny how people want to be protected and yet frown on those who do the protecting?

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There are over 15,219 Veterans on this site who have your back.

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If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, 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 not 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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Interviewing veterans Who Lost a Buddy in the Military Was Very Hard for Me.

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Military news…

Ukraine official: Zelenskyy meets with Austin and Blinken

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin came as Ukraine pressed the West for more powerful weapons in its fight against the Russian invasion, which began 60 days ago.


In Mariupol, echoes of history, utter devastation and a last stand

The fight in Mariupol is not over. Civilians and Ukrainian fighters — including combatants from the Azov Regiment, the same nationalist unit that helped wrest back the city in 2014 — remain hunkered down in a dramatic last stand at the sprawling Azovstal Iron and Steel Works.

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Russian officer: Missile to carry several hypersonic weapons

Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, the commander of the Russian military’s Strategic Missile Forces, said in televised remarks that the new Sarmat ICBM is designed to carry several Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles.

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‘Worth a lifetime of PTSD’: Cradling a Ukrainian infant, an Idaho Marine veteran finds meaning in his pain

On March 22, Idaho Marine veteran Jared Malone came to Ukraine to raise money for Victory Christian Church and help rent a building in Lviv that could house refugees. He spent nearly a month in Ukraine, flying back to the U.S. on April 16.

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Russia hits rail, fuel facilities in attacks deep in Ukraine

In meetings with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Sunday, the American secretaries of state and defense said Washington had approved a $165 million sale of ammunition for Ukraine’s war effort, along with more than $300 million in foreign military financing.

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US weapon stockpiles worry some lawmakers as Ukraine war rages on
Shipments to Ukraine of weapons such as Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles have cut into the Pentagon’s inventory by about one-third, according to estimates by some lawmakers and experts during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

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US and allies gather at Ramstein to discuss how to help Ukraine defeat Russia’s ‘unjust invasion’Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that allies must “move at the speed of war” to get more weaponry into the hands of Ukrainian forces, following meetings with dozens of foreign military leaders at Ramstein Air Base on Tuesday.

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I have been interviewing many veterans for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I will share one with you today to show you what you can see if your acquire the book.

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Interview with Don the Marine

On my way home from doing errands I decided to stop and have lunch at a local Carl’s Jr. I got my meal and saw a guy sitting in one of the seats wearing a “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” hat. I walked up to him and told him thank you for your service. I went on to my seat and started eating.

I watched him as I ate. He had scars up on one of his legs, and down one of his arms. He was connected to an oxygen machine that was in a carrying bag he had.

He started to get up to leave. He had a cane. He went to empty his tray, and came right by me. I asked him to sit and talk for a while.

He wasn’t sure he wanted to do that at first, but when I told him I was a veteran as well, he sat down with me.

We bonded quickly. He was in Vietnam. He worked with helicopters. They brought supplies and good to the shore.

I asked him about his physical problems.

Don I had agent orange. I have had three heart surgeries. I have type II diabetes. I can’t breathe well, because of all the scar tissues

Were you in Vietnam?

Don: Yes

What rank did you have?

Don: Corporal

What unit were you in?

Don: 333rd

What were your duties?

Don: We were on helicopters bringing supplies and food to the shore.

What was the hardest part of your service for you?

Don: Seeing friends die. I saw one of my best friends and another pilot flying a helicopter that crashed into the ocean. They were trapped inside and they drowned. They never recovered their bodies.

How did you do while serving?

Don: The VA never recognized me for getting sick until recently.

What are your feelings on how soldiers were treated who fought in Vietnam?

Don: People spit on the soldiers when they came through the airports coming home.

We exchanged email addresses and I have a new friend who feels some of the pain I had while I was in the service.

This is a typical story from many Vietnam veterans. They didn’t deserve the treatment they received, and still served our country with honor. This was a very short interview because he had a hard time talking about his service.

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If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, 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 not 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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