There Were Some Stressful Times During Basic Training in the Military

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Military news…

Troops knew ‘an attack was coming’ at Kabul airport but their hands were tied, investigation reveals

‘”If you had been there, you would have seen that an attack was coming.

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Finding My Calling While Treating a Casualty Inside Friendly Lines

He saw gore and death, but he also saved lives. There are certain things a former Corpsman will never forget or take for granted.

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A Man of Destiny, Molded by Fate: Lloyd Austin Leads in Time of Tremendous Potential

His actions seem to say he has the morale of the troops as his primary consideration. Far too many in those positions haven’t.


Remembering the Service and Sacrifice of Muslim Veterans Among the Crescents and Stars of Arlington National Cemetery

During a trip to Arlington to honor Muslim veterans, an Air Force officer reflects on how her career of military service began as a Pakistani immigrant.

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At Least 1 Million Vets Could Get VA Health Care Under Scaled-Back Exposures Bill

As Congress hand-wrings over the $282 billion price tag of a bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits, two senators are proposing a compromise that would still get VA care to more than 1 million veterans.

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IS Leader Blows Up Self, Family as U.S. Attacks Syria Hideout

The Islamic State’s leader was killed during an overnight raid carried out by U.S. special forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, President Joe Biden said Thursday.

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Seaman Dies After ‘Hell Week’ of SEAL Training, Navy Says

A 24-year-old Navy SEAL candidate died and another was hospitalized after several days of intense training known as “Hell Week” in Coronado, Calif.

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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. Hope you enjoy it.

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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.

IWILL

The lists in the back can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of sources there. Think about your own special needs and concentrate on that section only. Then narrow down your choices while checking out each resource. Most of the sources are websites.  If you don’t have access to the net, go to your local library, or visit a friend who has access.

Think about this

Isn’t it sad how we know we need help, but hide our feelings?

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

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,825 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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Prostitution Was Rampant Near the Deployed Bases

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Sorry, Iit is pretty quiet today for Military news…

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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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There is Never a Time That You Don’t Have a Choice

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Military news…

100 Year Old Veteran Fannie Griffin McClendon

Fannie served with the only overseas All-Black Women’s Army BN unit known as the Six Triple Eight. Listen as Fannie shares how the unit persevered through hardships while
unclogging the mail system in England so frontline troops were delivered letters from their loved ones back home, which was integral in the Allied Victory. She also discusses how the battalion will soon be honored with a congressional gold medal.

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Fox News recently took aim at Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in an apparent attempt at a “gotcha” story about how Duckworth, an Army veteran, does not pay property taxes on her Illinois home.

Turns out that she is legally able to do that.

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A retired Special Forces soldier named Jeremy Brown was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building that resulted in the injury of hundreds of police officers.

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A former Army soldier who allegedly plotted an assassination of a Virginia lawmaker and conspired to break racist mass-murderer Dylann Roof out of prison could face several decades in prison.

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It seems to me that President Biiden has decided to what ever he can to tear down our military. He has tried to “steal,” money from the military budget. He has said things bad about the military that are totally false. Maybe this why his approval rating is down to 30%.

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Sean Hannity had president Trump on his show last night, and the president praised the military for all they do, and putting themselves in harms way. Compelete opposite of Biden’s.

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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.

There is Never a Time Where You Don’t Have a Choice

In the military you are faced with many orders. Go here. Do this. You expect that in the military, and since you decided to enlist, you should love the life that is given to you while you are there.

However, out in cililian life it is a different story. People will also be barking at you do this and that.

I have heard people say, “I had to do it becasue I didn’t have a choice.” They felt trapped and thought there was no way out.

There is always a choice! We never have to accept our fate becasue we feel there is no choice.

We need to acknowledge that we havethe same rights as others around us.

Have you had a boss threaten you if you didn’t do what he said? It is OK to give out directions, but never OK to threaten. The people in the private sector need to realize that they are all working together just like a unit in the military. They need to respect each employee, and have their back when they need it.

Jobs are important for the soldier, but they shouldn’t be degraded at any time just so they can keep the job.

When I came out, I was treated very badly by a boss who didn’t like any “youngsters,” trying to infiltrate his group of works he loved to work with. He did whatever he could to make my day miserable.

When there was a job that was somewhat dangerous, he would make me do it. When it was time for a break, he told to sit somewhere else.

I allowed it to happen. because I didn’t have any way to find another job quickly enough to provide for my family that was with me at the college I was going to.

So I fell for the trap,” I didn’t have a choice.”

In this day and age that type of leadership is not allowed anymore. Bakc in the 50’s there weren’t too many discrimination laws. There weren’t too many to go for help.

Today, you have choices. You have your rights. You can respectfully disagree and not fear of losing you job.

Going into the civilian life can be daunting, but you don’t have to let it ourcome you. stay strong and have courage, just like you had to do when you served your country.

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Time to check in with you…

How are things going? Did life give you a lemon after you were discharged? Does it seem like you are being pulled down like a huge magnate?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,185 fellow veterans here on this site who have your back.

It it is just too much for you right now, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number 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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