2 years ago in Stuff

war is hell and the military is full of it

U.S. Army on Twitter: "How has serving impacted you?"

some of the responses:

lemme think

I didn’t serve but my brother did
he never went to war but still shot himself in the head so

he was the sweetest most tender person I’ll ever know and the @USArmy ruined him

oh wait I have another brother who served also without fighting

he’s been fucked up in the head paranoid and violent for forty years ever since and I don’t even know where he is or if he’s still alive

and the stories he told FROM STATESIDE

Dad served in Vietnam as Navy artillery mechanic, spent most of his time in combat. Watched all his friends die when his PBR was blown up in middle of night. Hospital pulled out some shrapnel, badly stitched him up, & sent him right back to work on the next boat, same day.

Dad spent next several decades drinking because that was what passed for mental health treatment at local VA office. He had horrific nightmares for long time & would wake us with his screaming. He doesn't scream as much anymore, but still won't talk about his experience.

On Veteran's Day while the military Twitter account is tweeting platitudes, my dad gets the most expensive hard liquor he can afford, toasts to the lives his friends never had a chance to live, and ends the day drunk and sobbing. He made us swear to never join the military.

I’ve only seen my father smile in pictures. I was a baby when he went to Vietnam. The things he saw and did there broke him inside. There was no joy in life for him anymore. He finally shot himself in his study one afternoon, I found him when I came home. I was 8.

My grandfather served in Korea. One day they told him he could go back home if he signed on a list. He signed it, and they shipped him off to Nevada without his knowledge and tested the effects of radiation exposure on him. The VA didn’t want to have him a single damn dime...

Starting in 2014-15 he slowly became paralyzed from the upper chest down and had to have a feeding tube put in his stomach. The VA still gave nothing to him. The effects of his radiation exposure slowly but surely began to show from 2014 onwards and only got much worse.

He did eventually get his disability and benefits. But it was a 5 year long battle with the VA for every dime and dollar. They tried everything to refuse his rightful compensation. On May 28 2018, last Memorial Day. He died of asphyxiation....

The US Army to all that:

To everyone who responded to this thread, thank you for sharing your story. Your stories are real, they matter, and they may help others in similar situations. The Army is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our Soldiers.

As we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice this weekend by remembering their service, we are also mindful of the fact that we have to take care of those who came back home with scars we can't see.

You know what, when you send off innocent people to murder other innocent people, for the profit of others, eventual "scars" are rather predictable.
Tagsmilitary war
 7 years ago in Stuff

Destroy All Monsters

“They actually like deploying. So when you go visit them in Afghanistan, in the western Pacific, you don't get questions like, ‘Oh, shoot, what's sequester going to do to me?’ They know how to spell it, but that's about it. They want to know, ‘Hey, Commandant, you know, is this going to be the last deployment I'm going to get on, or am I going to actually be able to go to combat again or be able to go to WESTPAC (western pacific) again,” Amos said. “So our morale's pretty high right now, and I think it's going to stay high as long as we give them something to look forward to. The reorientation to the Pacific has just reenergized a lot of Marines as they think about Afghanistan: ‘My gosh, we're coming out of there in 2014. What's left?’ Well, we talk about Darwin, Australia. We talk about Japan. We talk about Guam. And their eyes light up.”

Here's a thought: if anyone, even a dimwit neo-nazi, is keen on it, it is not combat, much less war. At least if you accept Bill Hicks' definition of war, which requires at least two participants. Speaking of Bill Hicks:

Here's how I feel about gays in the military: Anyone … dumb enough … to want to be in the military … should be allowed in. End of fucking story. That should be the only requirement. I don't care how many push-ups you can do – put on a helmet, go wait in that fox hole. We'll tell you when we need you to kill somebody. I've been watching all these Congressional hearings and all these military guys and all the pundits going, "The esprit de corps will be affected, and we are such a moral …" Excuse me, but aren't you all a bunch of fucking hired killers? Shut up! You are thugs, and when we need you to go blow the fuck out of a nation of little brown people, we'll let you know.
Bill Hicks
 9 years ago in Quotes
I never joined the army because at ease was never that easy to me. Seemed rather uptight still. I don't relax by parting my legs slightly and putting my hands behind my back. That does not equal ease. At ease was not being in the military. I am at ease, bro, because I am not in the military.