Making Beds Can be an Adventure in Basic Training for the Military

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Military news…

An Army soldier who helped secure the Kabul airport during the withdrawal from Afghanistan by training other soldiers how to use a Toyota technical’s anti-aircraft gun — after they’d traded two cans of dipping tobacco for it — was recently promoted.

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​The sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard had no idea what to do when a fire broke out aboard their vessel last year.

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Tinker Air Force Base is trying something new: setting aside reserved parking spaces for junior enlisted airmen.

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U.S. troops based in Syria came under a “deliberate and coordinated attack” from an unspecified enemy on Wednesday. No Americans were reported injured, save for the myth that the Forever War ended with the close of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

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“As someone who’s been issuing the damn things for over a decade, they can’t go soon enough.” That’s from an anonymous Army employee who’s had his fill of issuing Common Access Cards, the identification card used across the military.

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If complaining is an art form — and it most certainly is — then the U.S. military is the Juilliard School of Bitching.

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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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Sometimes the Answers Are Right Under Your Nose

There was one aspect of basic training that made the times hard for a soldier. That was when it came to making your bed for inspection.

We had regular inspections by our drill sergeant. When he came through the barracks, he carried a quarter in his hand. When he passed your bunk he would drop the quarter on the bed. If the quarter didn’t bounce, he tore the bed up and told you to try again. 

I had some real stressful times of making beds at first. I usually failed. But then I learned some tricks about tucking in the sheets, and even the blanket. There was a double tuck you could do that made the bed tight and quarters bounced on it easily.

There were some guys who never caught on to the tricks that were right in front of them. They were too proud to ask others for help.

I have seen that in life after the military. People struggling to keep up with the world, because they are too proud to seek help.

Are you one of those who could benefit from outside help, but have never taken advantage of it?

I have compiled a very extensive military appendix for your use. It is in the back of this book. Feel free to search through it for help in almost every possible way a veteran or current soldier may need.

It is not “giving in,” to seek help. It is finally agreeing that what you are doing may not be working for you, and you want to find other ways to cope in this unfriendly world.

Many of the sources have proven to reach out to those who suffer with anxiety, fear, depression, and hopelessness.

Don’t hide in your own self-pity. Take that first most important step and seek help today. Go to the back of this book and find the right sources for your needs.

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This is not all of the chapter. You will have to get the book to see the rest. 🙂

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Speaking about beds…here is a bed check on how you are doing. How is you days been going? Too many days where dark clouds come? Too many days of not wanting to go to sleep?

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 13,260 fellow veterans subscribe to this site who have your back.

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

Here is a toll free mber to 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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Twenty-two veterans Take Their Own Lives Every Day Because of Depression

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Military news…

Actor, director and Hollywood icon Denzel Washington is the “Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army” for 2021.

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Veterans made headlines this summer for working together to bring home stranded Afghan allies, but they are also doing the same for deported U.S. veterans.

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The Army’s new missile-hauling Stryker was fired for the first time ever in Europe by soldiers assigned to the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

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Every sandwich is a sub sandwich if it has classified submarine info in it. Case in point: Federal prosecutors accused Navy vet Jonathan Toebbe of trying to sell sensitive information about the nuclear reactors for Virginia-class submarines by hiding a SanDisk inside a peanut butter sandwich.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin must resign over his handling of the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, writes retired Marine Col. Andrew Milburn. Having served in Afghanistan as a special operations officer and having seen Secretary Austin’s career up close, Andrew is particularly well-qualified to weigh in on the subject.

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One of the military’s top cybersecurity generals wants to get rid of the Common Access Card. Used to enter buildings, log onto computers and even enter the chow hall, CACs are one of the few things nearly all service members have had in common over the past 20 years.

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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.

Move Out of Your Home Called Depression

So many people(over 19 million,) are silently struggling with depression or related demons. The depression rate in the military is very high as well. People do not do anything about it. It leaves them eventually because the person dies.

How can we get off this train of despair? Why do we let depression overtake us? Shouldn’t we be happy with our family and friends, and our loved ones around us? Is there a way to climb out of this dreadful trench and have a productive life?

Now that I made you also feel depressed. Let me share some thoughts with you, and see if you can see any light at the end of the tunnel.

  1. People seem to think that they will be embarrassed if they let someone know they are depressed. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Don’t you think your close family and friends would jump in to help you faster that a cat on a ot tin roof, if they knew you were hurting? Of course they would! Stop closing the door on others and be wallowing in your own self pity. Let people, and other soldiers, become your support system to get you out of your despair.
  2. Why do we let depression overtakes us? Because we become very vulnerable to the dark side when something goes wrong. We can’t just keep going on as if nothing ever happened. We either deal with it, or we crash like I did.
  3. Depression has many names by the way. It hides under the names of self-doubt, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, and self-pity. They are all different names, but they are all systems of the Big Kahuna depression. All of these nasty critters push us to into the lake of muck and mire, and we can’t seem to stay afloat. Don’t let this villian ambush you! Keep you eyes on the bight side of life, and not the dark side.
  4. With today’s modern technology, you can connect with your family no matter where you are in the world. I have used Skype, facetime, (I-Phones) Zoom, and speaker phones ot get as many people as I can. We talk and feel accepted.
  5. I just did that recently when I had a birthday party for my granddaughter. My son, who is the uncle of my granddaughter, couldn’t make it. We did a video connect through I-Box of all things. My son was able to wish my granddaughter happy birthday, and talk to all of us.

Unlike the dark ages when we couldn’t connect with technology at all, you can see and talk to anyone you want to get the feeling you are right there with them.

The Bottom line…

Tell the bad guys to get out of Dodge. Let the good guys come in and help you ride off tinto the sunset of peace.

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There is more to this chapter, but I will tease you into to buying the book to find out more.

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Bed check…

How are you doing? Does it seem overwhelming at times. Do you feel the darkside lurking around you?

FEAR NOT!

There are 13,250 fellow veterans here who have your back.

But! It is just too much for you right now. GET HELP!

Here is a toll free nmber to 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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A Bitter Defeat Brought Out the Best in Them

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I am happy to announce that I have another guest blogger tonight. He is from Australia. His name is Dennis Booth, and his country is remembering a defeat they had 100 years ago. This is a story you must read, because it honors those who gave up their lives for their country just like many soldiers have in many other countries. Please subscribe if you like having Military guests share their stories here at my author site. Just click on the icon right after the title to do that.

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On Saturday, April 25, Australia and New Zealand will remember a military defeat that has turned into a commemoration of what is known as the Anzac Spirit….Anzac standing for the Australians and New Zealand service personnel who fought at a place called Gallipoli.

And this is no ordinary remembrance day….it will be 100 years since that time when troops took to the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey and were mown down by gunfire as they stormed the beaches.

They did manage to make some ground up the reaches of the often steep hills but the fact is they had in the end to retreat after pitched battles leaving behind many dead and taking home many wounded.

And so was borne out of WW1 and in particular Gallipoli the Anzac Day march which remembers those who have returned from armed conflict in wars fought since WW1.

For years it was a march of soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who did their part in the wars…and also for the children of those who had perished but proudly wore their relatives’ service medals.

But in the last 10 years in particular there has been a tremendous upsurge of appreciation for what our forefathers in Australia and New Zealand have done for both countries in their respective uniforms.

So much so that the shores of Gallipoli once despised by  many as being a killing field is now the meeting place for a dawn service on Anzac Day attended by thousands and where Turkey proudly stands with the Anzacs to remember this terrible time.

The site of so many young people who now journey to this place and sit in the cold proudly wearing medals in many cases and sobbing as they hear the speeches is watched on national television by the rest of Australia and New Zealand.

And of course on this same day in Australia and New Zealand dawn services are held everywhere and now attract huge crowds cheering yesterday’s service personnel for their sacrifice they undertook to defend our countries and for those who never returned.

It has shown beyond doubt that there is a fierce patriotism alive in Australia and its close ally New Zealand and shows that in a time when the world is concerned about terrorism that it would be grave to misjudge countries who are not at war and may appear to be “soft”

Faith is the substance of things hoped for but not seen…..but one might also say that hope is the substance of things that come from having faith and having faith in one’s country and its people is the greatest faith characteristic of all.