I think it’s time we address something else separate from the last two pieces. Rather than addressing the interior issues, the mental ones, we need to take a hard look at the way others perceive us. There is a stigma attached to vets that I have seen perpetuated by some of our own.
The guy who shot himself was standing there bandaged up, gathering his things. When I glanced down and saw a nice white field dressing..
I'm sick of seeing service members fried because an officer or senior enlisted wants to make a point. I'm sick of seeing teammates throw one another under the bus to save their own career. With over a decade of war there have been countless examples of selfless acts in combat, but why do those acts disappear when we come home?
Finally, a movie comes along that not only portrays security contractors in a positive light, but makes them the heroes of a harrowing and tragic event; one for which no one has been held accountable.
“All my life I’ve been chasing something, I feel fate breathing down my neck. If the road I’m on somehow leads me nowhere, no retreats men, no regrets.”-The Parlor Mob
One of the most annoying interactions I have with people is in reference to PTSD and the “symptom” of “hyper vigilance.” I can’t tell you how many times people ask me if being around crowds is frightening to me. I guess I can’t fault the ignorant too much. But, it gets a little old when I’m treated like I’m some kind of paranoid creep.
“Let’s go crazy, let’s get nuts, slip on a purple banana ’til they throw us in the truck”-Prince
The final article of three-part series that gives the unrestrained account of a former security specialist who guarded some of the biggest figures in the Department of State in Afghanistan.