Alone: Killing the warrior class

“How you doing, bro?” “Check on your buddy.” We’ve all heard these things repeated thousands of times over these long years of war.  Although many of us don’t heed the warnings and most of us will reply to any inquiries with a simple, “I’m fine”, we repeat these phrases reflexively on many occasions. The most…

Why

Why is it so important to you? Why do you work so hard to help others? Why? I will tell this one time.  It is something unknown to all but those closest to me.  Even many of my fellow soldiers with whom I served in combat are unaware of these things. I shouldn’t be here.…

IEDs and the returning veteran

“Plus you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and the knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.” This quote, from Morgan County, Indiana Sheriff’s deputy, Sergeant Dan Downing, a SWAT officer, has thrust this heretofore unknown law enforcement officer into the spotlight of…

Your own worst enemy

  Many years ago, when I walked away from the military the first time and began my journey as a civilian the 2nd time around, I sat through a very interesting job interview.  The supervisor interviewing me, himself a Vietnam veteran, told me what he thinks when he’s interviewing a veteran. “Reliable.  Hard working.  Respect…

The end of an era

Saturday, January 25th, 2014, was the end of an era for yours truly. It was my last official duty day as a member of the United States Armed Forces. As someone whose military career, although on again, off again, back on again, has spanned the last 28 years, I can tell you it was not…