Of False Memes And The Veteran Dilemma

In the old days, which seem so long ago but, in reality, were not, I was one of the few veterans who possessed the intestinal fortitude to publicly question the “22 per day” veteran suicide statistic.  I researched it, found better statistics, discussed them, wrote about it, and I called into question the various “awareness”…

The Inharmonious Warrior

in·har·mo·ni·ous   inhärˈmōnēəs/ adjective adjective: inharmonious    1. not forming or contributing to a pleasing whole; discordant, dissonant, incongruous  Alcoholism, drug addiction, violent behavior, shattered relationships, and suicide.  Far too often, these descriptions are applied to our modern warrior class; the warfighters who have struggled so mightily through the last 13+ years of war.  Portrayed, often…

The Strange New World

Anyone who has known me for more than a day knows I have never been fond of the Iranians.  As an old soldier who began his career during the cold war, I was trained to hate two entities – the USSR and Iran.  The USSR because, well, Cold War; the Iranians because they were (and…

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.…