The Tiger in the Lotus

The dead are only seen by the dying They all shut eyes together. Victors won they travel to the Halls of Vahalla. Carried by the...

The Gaslamp District

It’s taken me 31 years to figure out that there are two types of people in your life: balloons and anchors.

Women in Combat Units is Still a Bad Idea (Sorry)

Relevant issues that make full integration of women into combat units a counter-productive move.

September 11: Reflections and Moving Forward

As Florida deals with all-that-is Hurricane Irma, I see what always surrounds a big, dangerous event. Amidst lines for gas and scrambles for AA...

We Hail From a Nation of _______

The shallow cheers from a safe distance, the misunderstanding of the warrior mindset, and the truth.  If the shoe don't fit, you will damn sure know a foot that it would.

 

GWOT Veteran Homelessness

It hurts me to think about it in ways I cannot express, the simple fact that it is happening to a friend of mine is another issue entirely.  The topic is homelessness among veterans.

This Isn’t A Circus, Don’t Be A Clown

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.

A BlackWater Goons Savage Journey to Robert McDonald’s House

A former member of a notorious PMC appraises a notorious government-run, military veteran benefit system.

 

Marine Photo Scandal; Truth Is Rarely PC

Recently America was made aware of a photo scandal involving the US military. At the height of it, explicit pictures of female service members...

My Boogieman Is In My Closet

People just don’t get it. I’m not just talking about the straights. Vets don’t get it a lot of the time, either. PTSD isn’t a paycheck. PTSD isn’t some ailment to mention to your friends so you can come off as some kind of mysterious, battle-hardened, warrior. PTSD isn’t what you blame your temper tantrums on, or your shitty outlook, or your just plain, bad attitude.

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