How Often Do Veterans Think of Suicide?

How Often Do Veterans Think of Suicide?

Veterans Answer the Question – How Often Do You Think About Killing Yourself?

It seems from the following comments, that every Veteran thinks about suicide every day. For those who have selflessly served our nation, the transition back to civilian life can be a complex and challenging journey. While we often hear tales of bravery and honor, there is a darker side that remains hidden from public view, concealed by the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the military. One haunting question persists: “How often do you think about killing yourself?”

These words, appearing on a Reddit post within the r/veterans community, echo the thoughts that countless veterans grapple with daily. The struggle with thoughts of suicide is a harsh reality for many, but they often bear this heavy burden in silence. The love for their children and families serves as a powerful deterrent, preventing them from taking that drastic step. Still, the heartbreaking truth is that 18 veterans lose their lives to suicide every day.

Here are the unfiltered answers to the question of how often do you think about killing yourself? Let’s hope each of these Veterans find what they need before the answer is today.

child kissing a picture of her dad

Why Vets Don’t Kill Themselves is Family, Family, and Family.

The headline question was, typos and all, follow up with “I get asked that question so much at the va, and it’s been so bad lately that I wanted to actually answer truthfully, but I couldn’t tell them the truth. .

The following answer from his fellow Vets have been upvoted to sort them in the order of the most favored comments. I have recreated that post here with that Veteran-approved comment ranking in tact.

“I told one (VA doctor) the truth and stumped him.
Him: “If you had a plan, would you tell me?”
Huh? Why not?”
Me: “That would defeat the point of the plan” Exactly!!! Why the fuck would I ruin my own plan???

– Everyday brother. Everyday. I am living for my kids at this point. If that’s what keeps me around, I’ll keep on keepin on.

The Obvious Answer is Every Day

Right there with you, sorry we are in this boat. A lot of us stay around for our kids. Sad state of things. TMS through the VA helped temporarily but I just slid back to baseline shortly after. I hope they figure out something new soon.

Same here, erry day baby! My son is the only thing worth being alive for, I gotta make sure he ends up being the better version of myself and not this violent cyclone of depression that I am.

pretty much any time my mind is idle. Sitting at a red light, watching t.v., etc.

I have guns and i would never answer this truthfully because of the red flag laws.

 

Dark Humor Around Suicide

Secret time – I fantasize about shooting myself to fall asleep each night.

For sure every time I have to be on hold with the VA. I never thought of it much until the military/VA suggested to me enough times.

I dont think about killing myself because I don’t want to feel like that guy, but I often think about how much easier it’d be, what would go in my note, and who I’d specifically have to address because they’d feel extra hurt.

Just like so many others here my only reasons for staying is my family, the one I built, my current family and my future family. And the curiosity to see where I can take things. If I didn’t have those I would’ve left years ago.

Final Deeper Thoughts About Other Reasons for Veteran Suicide

It’s not because I’m sad it’s because I can’t find the meaning of life, and because there’s no meaning I don’t find it taboo to leave on my terms. I’m at peace with death.

I know we aren’t supposed to think/feel that way but it is what it is🤷🏾‍♂️

I think about it from time to time but not out of distress or anything that makes me not want to live at this point. I think about it because when the time comes, hopefully 10-20 years from now, I will be the one making the final decision. There is no fucking way I’m gonna die in a VA hospital surrounded by strangers. When my life is no longer worth pursuing I will turn out my own lights. Not leaving the most terrifying moment of my life to a stranger.

So yea, I think about it in that way.

The sentiments shared by these veterans are both heartbreaking and profoundly revealing. They collectively underscore the overwhelming importance of family as the reason they continue to bear the weight of their thoughts about suicide. For many, the presence of children is the driving force that keeps them going, as they strive to be a better version of themselves and shield their loved ones from the turmoil within. While they may consider these thoughts during idle moments, they often withhold the truth due to the fear of legal repercussions or the consequences of red flag laws. Dark humor and thoughts of suicide are interwoven into their daily lives, arising in moments of frustration or vulnerability, yet they remain resolute in not wanting to die in a VA hospital, preferring to have control over the timing of their own exit. These sentiments collectively reflect a complex emotional landscape that underscores the need for understanding, support, and mental health resources for our veterans.

What Veterans Think of Ex-Coach Tuberville Pentagon Tantrum

What Veterans Think of Ex-Coach Tuberville Pentagon Tantrum

Coach Tuberville and the Pentagon

Veterans Think the Celebrity Politicians Needs to be Benched

 

At a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on June 14 in Washington, D.C. Tuberville issued a new threat against the Pentagon this week amid his continued opposition to nominations and promotions of officials in the U.S. military. This sort of behavior rather puts a nail in the coffin of the idea that conservatives value the military in anything but a token way. Winning culture war points is clearly more important than military preparedness. Source

Senator Tommy Tuberville, 68 years old, is a former football coach with a history of self-centered, brazen dishonesty and self-serving behavior. His one-person war against the highest levels of leadership in continues his campaign to stop abortions in the US military. That’s right, that’s what this is all about. GOP politics as it’s worst. Republicans are determined to weaken our country and our US military by challenging each other in a race to the bottom. Republican states are at the bottom when it comes to GNP production, higher education, and personal income. Yet their candidates and politicians continually convince their voters that life will be better with them. Tuberville is a shining example of a Republican politician who’s earlier reputation in a pop-culture career (sports, game show hosts, social media influencer) is simply too much for their under-educated constituents to deal with.

Tuberville left Texas Tech in 2012 in the same manner that he is stonewalling top-level military appointments today. He famously sneaked out of a dinner with recruits so that he could accept a job at Cincinnati. “The waitress brought our food out, and we thought he went to the bathroom,” said Devonte Danzey, who was considering Tech but later committed to Auburn. “The next day, [Tuberville] announced he was going to Cincinnati.” The coach’s abrupt exit shocked Texas Tech players. “Never felt more anger in my life,” tweeted tight end Jace Amaro. “Can’t believe what just happened,” wrote safety Cody Davis. As at previous stops, Tuberville’s athletic director was stunned by the news. “As recently as yesterday [Tuberville] looked me in the eye and gave me his commitment and dedication to Texas Tech football,” Kirby Hocutt told reporters in 2012. Source

Tuberville left Cincinnati in 2016. He resigned shortly after telling heckling fans to “go to hell” and “get a job.” Cincinnati players noted that Tuberville acted as if everything was normal at a season-ending banquet in 2016, and left the team to find out about his departure via subsequent text messages.

US Senator Tommy Tuberville cartoon

Like Once A Soldier, Veterans Think Tuberville’s Pentagon Antics Are Super Gay

With our advocacy for Veterans and their families genuine and authentic, we stand is sharp contrast to Tuberville’s misguided political theater, Trump’s never-ending abuse of Veterans, we dipped into the r/Military comments to hear what Veterans are saying about Tuberville’s latest press conference:

“Sounds to me like some Gunnys and Chief Petty Officers need to ask Senator Tubberville to meet them at the treeline for an impromptu counseling session…

I think there’s a handful of Sarnt majors that would like to see him afterwards outside with a water source and his E-tool.

You say that as if most those old crusty bastards don’t have the same beliefs as Tuberville and want to go back to the old days.

Honestly, most of them don’t. The soldiers they need are the ones capable of reading and writing. The dumb fucks that are human meat for the grinder.. they’ve got plenty of that. It’s the brains they need so they need to snap to WRT having the service reflect the actual cultural values of the country. You won’t get the smart ones to join, otherwise.

Exactly. Any time a large organization like the military, natsec agency or Fortune 500 company vocally supports things like diversity or access to abortion/reproductive healthcare, etc. it’s largely because they’re looking to recruit educated folks that tend to value those attributes in an employer. I assume Tuberville knows this, he’s just willing to hurt the military to score political points.

Teach him what FAAFO means.

This clown was largely silent prior to this stunt. We get it, you’re the shining sigil for your party, but in the process you’re screwing over the military horribly at the upper echelon.

Start pulling military equipment and personnel out of Alabama. Relocate the bases to somewhere else (I get the time it will take and cost). Once they start losing their cash cow, he’ll change his mind.

They already lost the Space Force HQ because of his shenanigans.

Not to be pedantic but they lost the SPACECOM HQ, not the Space Force HQ. One is the Combatant Command, one is the Service. Either way I get where you’re going.

Got room for another armor division at Fort Cavazos.

Used to have 2 divisions there since the 1970s, but the republicans in the local area couldn’t handle a democrat being in office. As soon as they gerrymandered him out of office one of the divisions was moved to Colorado.

Why was the division moved? Well, because the democrat was the chairman of the armed services committee, and had the seniority to keep things the way they were, even through a whole bunch of BRAC moves and political maneuvers.

Roughly 30 thousand jobs lost by republicans being Republican.

The senator’s statement continued: “This has given me more time to look more closely into the background of some of these nominees, and I have deep concerns about some of them. I will continue this process of oversight and I will announce my opposition to specific nominees in the weeks ahead.”

I’m calling it now – he is going to block the Navy’s pick for Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for some arbitrary reason, but the subtext will be her distinct lack of dangly bits.”

About Once A Soldier: Starting in 2017, our mission is to limit the scars of Veteran suicide. We offer prevention services and postvention services. We reach a national audience and our goal is to become the preferred channel for those who want to help Veteran families who need our services. With 17 Veteran suicides a day in 2021, we believe our two niche services will make a difference to each family and to our nation.

Why There Needs to Be More Attention Given to Veteran Families After a Veteran Suicide

Why There Needs to Be More Attention Given to Veteran Families After a Veteran Suicide

Families Bear The Burden of Even the Best Laid Suicide Plans

When we think of the sacrifices made by our brave veterans, we often focus on their service and the challenges they face during their time in the military. However, it is equally important to acknowledge the struggles their families go through, especially after a veteran suicide. The impact of such a tragic event extends far beyond the individual, affecting the mental health and well-being of their loved ones. In this article, we will explore why there needs to be more attention given to veteran families after a veteran suicide postvention and highlight the significance of providing comprehensive support systems to help them navigate this difficult journey.

The Toll of Veteran Suicide on Families: Unraveling the Aftermath

The Devastating Ripple Effect

The aftermath of a veteran suicide reverberates throughout the entire family unit. It shatters the lives of spouses, children, parents, and siblings, leaving them grappling with grief, guilt, and a myriad of complex emotions. The sudden loss of a loved one to suicide can lead to a host of psychological and emotional challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even an increased risk of suicide among family members.

A Closer Look at the Statistics

To understand the gravity of the situation, let’s examine some statistics related to veteran suicide and its impact on families:

1. According to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of 17.6 veterans die by suicide each day in the United States.
2. Approximately 20% of all suicides in the country are committed by veterans, despite veterans comprising only about 7% of the population.
3. The suicide rate among veterans is 1.5 times higher than that of the general population.

These figures highlight the urgent need for a more comprehensive approach to address the mental health needs of not only veterans but also their families.

Why There Needs to Be More Attention Given to Veteran Families After a Veteran Suicide Postvention

It is crucial to recognize the unique challenges faced by veteran families after a suicide and provide them with the support they need. Here are several compelling reasons why we must direct more attention to these families during the postvention process:

1. Breaking the Stigma and Providing Validation

After the suicide of a veteran, families often encounter societal stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental health and suicide. This can exacerbate their feelings of isolation and prevent them from seeking help. By acknowledging the struggles faced by these families, we can break down the barriers of shame and provide them with the validation they need to start the healing process.

2. Addressing the Mental Health Impact

The mental health repercussions of losing a loved one to suicide can be profound and long-lasting. It is essential to provide mental health support services tailored specifically for veteran families. This can include counseling, therapy, support groups, and access to psychiatric care. By prioritizing mental health in postvention efforts, we can help mitigate the risk of further tragedies within these families.

3. Empowering Resilience and Coping Mechanisms

Veteran families need tools and resources to help them build resilience and develop effective coping mechanisms. Providing them with education and training on grief management, stress reduction techniques, and self-care strategies can equip them with the necessary skills to navigate the complex emotional landscape they find themselves in.

4. Strengthening Family Bonds and Communication

The aftermath of a veteran suicide can strain family relationships and communication. By fostering an environment of open dialogue and empathy, we can help family members better understand and support one another. Family therapy and relationship-building programs can play a pivotal role in strengthening these bonds and promoting healing within the family unit.

5. Ensuring Financial Stability

In addition to the emotional toll, the suicide of a veteran can also have significant financial implications for their family. Many families rely on the veteran’s income, and sudden loss can plunge them into financial distress. Offering financial assistance, job training programs, and educational scholarships can help mitigate the economic impact and provide a sense of stability for these families.

6. Collaborative Efforts and Community Support

Addressing the needs of veteran families after a suicide requires a comprehensive approach that involves collaboration between government agencies, mental health organizations, community support networks, and veteran service organizations. By working together, we can create a robust support system that ensures no family is left behind.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Q: Is suicide among veterans preventable?

A: While it is challenging to predict and prevent all instances of suicide, taking a proactive and comprehensive approach to mental health, providing early intervention, and ensuring access to mental health resources can significantly reduce the risk of veteran suicide.

2. Q: How can society contribute to supporting veteran families after a suicide?

A: Society can contribute by fostering a supportive environment, breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, and actively engaging in suicide prevention efforts. Additionally, individuals can volunteer, donate to organizations that support veteran families, and educate themselves on mental health issues.

3. Q: Are there specific risk factors that make veterans more vulnerable to suicide?

A: Yes, several risk factors contribute to the increased vulnerability of veterans to suicide. These include combat exposure, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse, social isolation, and difficulty transitioning back to civilian life.

4. Q: How can schools and educational institutions support children of veterans affected by suicide?

A: Schools can create a safe and inclusive environment by implementing mental health programs, offering counseling services, and providing educational support tailored to the unique needs of these children. Additionally, educating teachers and staff about the challenges faced by veteran families can foster empathy and understanding.

5. Q: What role can the media play in raising awareness about the importance of supporting veteran families after a suicide?

A: The media plays a crucial role in shaping public perception and influencing societal attitudes. By reporting responsibly, highlighting personal stories, and focusing on the need for comprehensive support, the media can raise awareness and foster dialogue around this critical issue.

6. Q: How can veteran families access the support they need?

A: There are numerous organizations and resources available to assist veteran families. The Department of Veterans Affairs, local veterans’ service organizations, and mental health nonprofits often provide counseling services, support groups, and assistance with navigating the various support systems available.

Conclusion

The impact of veteran suicide extends far beyond the individual and profoundly affects their families. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by veteran families after a suicide is vital for their well-being and overall mental health. By providing comprehensive support systems, breaking down stigma, and fostering resilience and communication, we can help these families heal and navigate the difficult path towards recovery. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that no veteran family is left behind.

Memorial Day War Stories

Memorial Day War Stories

Honoring Heroism: Untold Realities of War

In the pages of history, nestled between the triumphs and the tragedies, lie the poignant tales of those who bravely faced the crucible of war. These are the stories that transcend the boundaries of time, echoing through generations to remind us of the indomitable human spirit and the sacrifices made on the hallowed battlegrounds.

War, with its grim visage and far-reaching consequences, has been an enduring chapter of human existence. It has shaped nations, redrawing maps and rewriting destinies. Yet, amidst the geopolitical intricacies and strategic maneuvers, we must not lose sight of the individual narratives etched within the tapestry of conflict.

These are the accounts that defy the cold statistics and sterile summaries found in history books. They breathe life into the shadowy figures eternally etched on war memorials, transforming them into flesh and blood—mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends, and lovers—whose dreams and aspirations were tragically curtailed in the name of duty.

It is within these war stories that we discover the true essence of humanity—the unwavering resolve in the face of adversity, the bonds forged under fire, and the sacrifices that echo through eternity. They encompass tales of courage, compassion, and camaraderie, but also of pain, loss, and the unimaginable horrors that test the limits of human endurance.

Through this blog, we embark on a journey that invites reflection and empathy. Together, we will traverse the battlefields, hearing the echoes of gunfire, feeling the weight of the gear, and witnessing the unbreakable bond forged between brothers and sisters in arms. But let us not forget the silent battles waged within, the invisible scars etched upon the hearts and minds of those who returned home forever changed.

In the stories to come, we will share stories from different eras and conflicts, shedding light on the unsung heroes who selflessly answered the call of duty. Their tales will be filled with both triumph and tragedy, resilience and vulnerability. They will remind us that war is not merely a sequence of battles, but a profound human experience with enduring reverberations.

So, join us as we embark on this journey of remembrance—a tribute to the brave souls who walked the path of war and left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness. Through their stories, we shall honor their sacrifices, and perhaps, in doing so, gain a deeper appreciation of the fragile nature of peace.

Together, let us honor heroism, weave the tapestry of memory, and illuminate the untold chapters of real-life war stories. They’re not all tragic. Some of funny. All are real and could turn scary in a moment. Here we go:

Here’s me and the boys in some courtyard in Ramadi, probably late 2004/early 2005. We were stacked in the street just outside the door, getting ready to enter the courtyard when we got lit up by heavy machine guns that were hidden in an adjacent alley. The guy on the ground was in front of me and got hit twice in the back just below the plate. That’s me on his back, Ka-Bar in hand, cutting his vest off so I can stop the bleeding. One of the bullets that hit him happened to be a tracer round and it must have hit his body armor and slowed down because it popped right out (almost like a pimple) into my hand. The guy, Sgt. Morton, made a full recovery but got sent home. I kept that bullet, cleaned it up and carried it with me until we got home. It actually fit perfectly on my dog tag chain. Then I gave it back to him.

– I went to TQ in 2019 and two Iran missiles hit the Iraqi army base part and our FOB. Plus, our fuel farm got blown up too. You can still see some of the scars in Ramadi and Fallujah, but it is better. The Iran back group Hezbollah are running the place now. Things started to get a bit chaotic right before the end of deployment, and they closed down the TQ post again. I am pretty sure Hezbollah is running a muck there now.

– We deployed mid 2006 until November of 2007 as part of a PSD task force. We were in Yusufiyah/ Mahmudia in the triangle of death. Our truck hit its first IED about 3 months in. (Our first convoy IED was 2 weeks in).

We were driving down this narrow dusty road and we heard a loud bang and dust and dirt flying all over the place. We had a THT military intelligence soldier with us and she was freaking out. “I’m hit, I’m hit!” I looked her over and checked for wounds/ bleeding, she was not hit.” The LT called up on the radio asking for our situation and our Platoon Sergeant who was riding TC, responded with, “Yes sir. No casualties, no injuries. But the IED took out our AC. It’s very hot in here, over.” LT chuckled. “Copy that. Be sure to look over your vic when we get back.”

– Same area, same time. We were in Gator Bayou, then Gator Swamp, then the Castle/Dragon/Power Plant.

My truck was hit by the supposed same crew that snatched up the 4-31 DUSTWUN boys. One month later to the day, on the same road less than a klick away. Luckily the IED didn’t knock me out, somehow, and I was able to return fire. Not effectively at all, at first… The concussion of the blast blew off the turret joystick, and when it hit the ground, it turned the turret 180, unbeknownst to me! When I initially started laying down fire, I was shooting in the entire opposite direction than that they were coming from, hahah. Luckily my TL/TC was still with it, and punched me in the leg enough to get my newly-deaf-ass’ attention, and got me to start shooting at the direction of the bad guys instead of just an open field, hahah. Luckily we had a guard tower with a PAS-13 close, so they could see the crew starting to move towards us, and lit them the fuck up while I was blindly shooting into the reedline (this time, at least in their direction) with cartoonish rage, hahah.

– Yea I was in 4-31 Polar Bears. From what I remember Delta company was doing guard and they got ambushed. One hummer had a grenade thrown in killing everyone inside and another vehicle they took prisoners and we searched everywhere for them. We were mainly held up in the Dragon Power Plant once we took that place over.

-My deployment was quiet. Very boring for the most part (thankfully).

So no shit there we were, last twenty minutes or so on our ECP, which was really just an overwatch position for an Afghan base our little slice of Americana was on. I’m sitting in the driver seat of our matv, and my battle is sitting in the back, passenger side. It was open top for the gunner, no CROWS here. We didn’t know each other too well, maybe a week at this point and were just shooting the shit watching the sun fall behind the Hindu Kush.

Then we hear an audible whistling noise and the sound of something landing in our vic.

There’s this half moment of stunned “did I just imagine that” shared between us before we get the fuck out.

In about half a second we were out of the vic, and find a couple of contractors laughing their asses off. Turns out they had thrown a nerf football and it landed right in the gunner’s hatch where the 240 was.

I’ve never felt such a gamut of emotions so quickly in my life.

– On our way to pick up a General at a JSS in Baghdad. As we were approaching our landing pad, heard a “Fallen Angel” call over the radio and we picked right back up. A State Department bird went down and caught fire. The crewman’s voice on the radio was of sheer panic and I remember his desperate call clearly, “I need help now, these guys (pilots) are dying.” I could hear the screams in the background of the call. We landed immediately, got our pax and told them we had to go ASAP. As soon as we were airborne, we got a hold of OPS to give us the grid of that bird and we made a plan on who was doing what. OPS unfortunately sent us the wrong direction and we didn’t get there in time to do anything. They didn’t make it, we just had to scratch that off and continued on our original mission. A very less chatty flight after that.

– On 26 November 2004, Private First Class Harrison James Meyer was serving as a Medical Aidman in Company D, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On that day, PFC Meyer’s unit was engaged in combat action against enemy forces in Ramadi when his disregard for his own safety and courage under enemy machine gun fire saved the lives of 5 soldiers. PFC Meyer’s selfless, courageous actions that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army’s third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Silver Star Medal Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart Army Good Conduct Medal National Defense Service Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Army Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon Combat Medical Badge Parachutist Badge

Silver Star Medal Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Harrison J. Meyer, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman in Company D, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 26 November 2004, in Iraq. Private First Class Meyer’s disregard for his own safety and courage under enemy machine gun fire saved the lives of five soldiers. His valorous actions are in keeping with the highest standards of selfless service and reflects great credit upon himself, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, Multi-National Corps Iraq, and the United States Army.

– I started writing down a lot of my memories from my time in the service 05-10. Seems like a lifetime ago, so I miss so many details. I deployed in 06 and was just 19. So clueless to life and the seriousness of it all. Seeing IEDs and bullets just snatch people’s lives away. For what? Some lie that we all believed. Sometimes the memories flood back, and I’ll get sick to my stomach, some times they come back, and I’m like damn that was pretty bad ass. I guess that’s the duality of man shit Joker was always talking about.

I remember being on a small kill team. My sector of fire was this canal path with tall tiger grass. Such a long, boring night like most of them are. I remember just staring into the distance, dead silent, full loom, cool summer breeze. The tiger grass starts to part, and I break into a cold sweat. I’m on a island, sure help is right there, but it’s gonna be my call on what happens next. I wait, I watched, grass is moving, somethings coming. It’s tense, I pee a little, I cuss under my breath… its a dog…. a freaking dog snuck up on our small kill team… what a trip.

Either way, that’s a hell of a story, and I’m glad it has a happy ending.

– Our cooks and other support troops were right there with us in the shit. Doing the best they could with what little they had. We wouldn’t have survived without those guys. I got nothing but love and respect for them.

-Iraq 2007. It was cold as fuck. We were tasked with setting up an ambush IOT take care of some problem locals.

We got in position the night before, maybe a half-mile away from the entrance to a little village that these clowns would be entering around dawn. All we needed to do was wait for daylight, give ’em the business when they walked through, and then leave, hopefully making it home in time for lunch.

We waited all night, silent and motionless, laying in snow ffs. Finally, FINALLY, the sun started to rise, and we heard the voices of men on foot approaching our position.

It was two old guys and maybe six cows. Not who we were waiting for.

The old guys were chatting and walked past without noticing us. Everything was good.

A cow spotted us.

This idiot cow then decides to come over and investigate. This piqued the interests of the other cows, and they decided to come over and check things out. Half a dozen cows began leaving the road and entering our palm grove. By this time, their human escorts have noticed and are heading back to our position.

The old guys spotted us. Heads lowered, eyes dropped, and they were back on the road in seconds, speedwalking tf out of there.

Our plans kinda fell apart, so we speedwalked tf out of there in the other direction. Made it back in time for lunch though, and I had a fucking cheeseburger.

– One of my very close friends was deployed in Syria, a few months in on her deployment, they were clearing this village middle of fucking nowhere in about ~2017

They were about ~450? meters from this mountain, very steep snow capped, crawling with ISIS and ex-FSA

About 3 AM, they get orders directly from a LT GEN that they need to withdraw 2 kilometres back and they have 20 minutes to get out as they are in range of A strike to neutralize the mountain

After a back and forth they have used about 18? of the 20 minutes.

As they are rushing back to their BMP, the night turns to day. The sun appeared on the mountain.

Everything glass Shattered, they hurry up and get the fuck out, they began to sweat from the heat, they were practically deaf, and most thrown to the floor

But someone is missing

returning to the village, their translator was crushed by a Destroyed SAA BMP thrown 200+ meters into the village.

– This was 09 and thankfully my deployment was uneventful for the most part but the thing that sticks with me is we would run routes from FOB Falcon to the smaller COB’s to refuel them.

One night we got back from our run with no issues. The very next day we heard a loud boom outside the gate. Turned out a VBIED went off on the main drag we would take. We missed it by less than 24 hours.

These stories go on and on. This is the source of all of this content. My thanks to all who posted.

 

 

Memorial Day – A Short History

Memorial Day – A Short History

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May each year. It is a day of remembrance dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The origins of Memorial Day can be traced back to the aftermath of the American Civil War. Following the war, communities in various parts of the country began holding ceremonies and tributes to honor those who had lost their lives in battle. These observances were initially known as “Decoration Day” and involved decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and other symbolic items.

The first widely recognized observance of Decoration Day took place on May 30, 1868. General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union veterans), issued a proclamation designating that day for the purpose of strewing flowers on the graves of soldiers. Over time, Decoration Day became more widely recognized and observed throughout the country.

After World War I, the holiday evolved to include honoring the fallen from all American wars, not just the Civil War. In 1971, Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday and its observance was moved to the last Monday in May as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which aimed to create more three-day weekends for workers.

Today, Memorial Day is observed as a solemn occasion to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. It is a time for Americans to reflect on the cost of freedom and to express gratitude for the sacrifices made by those who have served in the military. The day is marked by various traditions, including memorial ceremonies, parades, placing flags on graves, and visiting memorials and cemeteries.

While Memorial Day also unofficially marks the beginning of the summer season in the United States, it is important to remember the true purpose of the holiday and to honor the memory of those who have died in service to their nation.