Long Division

We did our tours, buried friends and enemies, achieved rank, forged reputations among our fellow warriors, and finally, when all the bureaucracy got to be too much for us, we got out. We excitedly raised up our DD-214’s, grabbed our nuts, stuck our tongues out, and flipped a bird to “the Man.” We were going to make something of ourselves. 

The New American Royalty: Part Three

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. 

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...

Get Big and Be Somebody

"I want what they want, and every other guy who came over here, and spilt his guts and gave everything he had wants. For our country to love us as much as we love it. That's what I want.”

- John Rambo

Collateral Damage: The Typecasting and Self Destruction of the American Veteran

Too many veterans are taking their cues from Hollywood. Movies typecast veterans as ticking time bombs, crazed, damaged, and broken people who are ready to explode in a violent rage at the slightest provocation. No one ever makes a movie about the veteran entrepreneur helping other vets. No one ever talks about the innovations and assets veterans have provided to society. All anyone seems to be able to focus on is the “movie version” of veterans. 

To Them I Appeared a Stranger

You felt it the first time you came home on mid tour leave. You were still young enough and still close enough to your...

No VAcancy

We’ve sat back and watched the whole VA debacle unfold in the last few months. I’ve kept my commentary to myself until the story developed and I could break it down. Now, I still don’t think we have the full story, we probably never will.

A Way To Happiness

"When you are not pursuing your goal, you are literally committing spiritual suicide." —Les Brown Actively pursue your dreams. There, I said it. Easy enough, right? No....

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.

 

First Sergeant Hill

Memorial Day is a complicated holiday for some of us. Nothing can cast into sharp relief the chasm, real or imagined, between GWOT vets...

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