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Personal stories from more than just the "Front Lines of War"
Over the past several years I have been collecting stories about our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus stories that have been sent to me. The following are those stories that I hope you will read. Some are sad, some show the anger our troops are facing, and some or just downright funny!
When warriors Come Limping Home
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A Recovering American soldier
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c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
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From a Chaplain in Iraq...
I recently attended a showing of "Superman 3" here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until, about three-quarters of the way through the National Anthem, the music stopped.
Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and call for a movie. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.
Here, the 1,000 soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started over. The soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention. And again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect to happen? Even here I would imagine laughter as everyone sat down and expected the movie to start.
Instead, you could have heard a pin drop. Every soldier stood at attention. Suddenly there was a lone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers: 'And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?'
It was the most inspiring moment I have had here in Iraq. I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you here.
Written by Chaplain Jim XXXXXX on 5/14/07. LSA Anaconda is at the Balad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad"
Gulf War Veterans 10 Years Later
Week of May 28, 2007
A new study conducted in the United States and published in the May 2007 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that deployment in the Gulf War has been associated with increased levels of mental disorders, psychological symptoms, and a lower quality of life, beginning during the war and persisting at a lower rate 10 years later. The National Health Survey of Gulf War Era Veterans and Their Families included postal and telephone surveys conducted among 15,000 deployed veterans and 15,000 non-deployed veterans, beginning in 1995. Overall, the findings point to the need for adequate follow-up mental health care for veterans with persistent mental illnesses following major military deployments.