War Is Hell

Last week’s video of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses went viral on the Internet. Among the responses was Lt. Col. Allen West’s ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell‘.

I agree the actions of those Marines do not represent the values we learn in the Corps, however, unless you’ve been shot at by the Taliban, Shut Your Mouth!

Here’s an insightful perspective from a Combat Marine and Purple Heart recipient…

“When you have witnessed your brothers-in-arms being killed, when you have had your very own brush with death, when you have endured deployment after deployment…

Sergeant Jason R. Arellano
Sergeant Jason R. Arellano
In that single moment, when the dust has settled and you are the one left standing. Your emotions may or may not get the best of you. While certain actions may not be condoned and will certainly be frowned upon by many, they can be understood.

In war, our emotions can be like the venom of a baby rattlesnake… they can be released uncontrollably but at some point we will be responsible for our actions. This may be done publicly or internally.

We have all done something in our lives that we can now look back and say “what was I thinking?” War can bring out the worst in ANYONE. It has brought out the worst in me. Engage, reload and move on to the next target.”

~Sergeant Jason Arellano (USMC 3/5, ’01-’05)
Follow Sgt. Arellano on Twitter: @ResolutionGear
See also: Perfect Valor

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Operation: Care and Comfort

OPERATION CARE AND COMFORT“Historically, Americans have shown their support to our Troops serving in times of war in many ways. By writing letters, mailing care packages, welcome home events, or by showing support for a deployed service member or Veteran’s family, Americans have opened up their hearts, homes, and wallets to show that they support those who serve. Operation: Care and Comfort (OCC), our all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization, is proud to continue this tradition of service. Our unique program allows caring Americans to donate their time, talent, and treasure to honor those currently serving our country and those who have served.

OCC Care Packages: We provide support and comfort to “adopted” units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict regions. Working within our community and through donations received from all over our country, we assemble and ship care packages to our adopted units every month until they return home. We are currently supporting up to 200 units on a monthly basis.”


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Goodbye Viet Nam

Thanks to Ben Cascio for this.

“One Marine’s answer to PTSD. Powerful”

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SC Marine wounded in Iraq still fighting – this time for benefits

Look at Brian Dunn, and you see the “USMC” tattoo across his arm, the Marine haircut and his flashing eyes when the talk is about bombers that he spent so long fighting and yes – killing – in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Bombers that almost killed him, too.

“Once a Marine, always a Marine,” says Dunn, like countless Marines have said because it is what Marines say, and it happens to be true – even when the Marine is not active anymore.  
Dunn is fighting to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for artificial disc replacement surgery in Germany. Back surgery, he says, could give him a normal life again.
But that surgery is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so the VA will not pay for it.
Brian Dunn is medically retired and disabled. A roadside bomb blew up the Humvee in which he was the turret gunner on May 9, 2005. The bomb killed his best friend and knocked the Humvee on top of Dunn. He probably should be dead.

But he is alive. He survived compression fractures in his back, busted eardrums, a broken jaw, wounds to his legs, a torn rotator cuff. He has Marine Corps commendations and a Purple Heart, but his body and mind are not the same as they were before he went to Iraq.

Dunn has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury from the bombing.
When he came back from Iraq, Dunn was just 22, wondering what he would do with the rest of his life. He had enlisted in the Corps straight out of high school. He had never done anything else. He never wanted to.

Dunn is fighting with the help of a Marine captain named Charlie Hall, who is originally from York.

Read more: http://www.heraldonline.com/2010/10/17/2535933/sc-marine-wounded-in-iraq-still.html#ixzz12kCGFrsj

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War is an ugly thing, but

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

~John Stuart Mill

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I Fought For You By The Sound Tank

I only post the good stuff…
Support our Troops – Remember our Veterans

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Salute to SSGT Barrett Dilley

A Marine Wife talks about her husband, SSGT Barrett Dilley, as submitted to CNN’s Salute the Troops with Robin Meade.  [video]

“Where do I begin to tell the world about my Marine? There isn’t enough paper to describe him accurately. He is the epitome of what it means to be a model serviceman, husband, and father.
The road to military service began with his father. His father is a retired MSGT in the United States Marines. As a child, Barrett would go into work with his father, following his lead singing “left right left right left.” His father was also a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. To the layman, it means nothing, but to a Marine, it is the sweet sound of a Marine Corps Drill Instructor sounding cadence and leading Marines. Barrett would go on to enlist in the Marines, and also serve as a Drill Instructor for 3 years. This would begin his journey as someone who sacrifices his time for not only his fellow man, but his fellow Marines.
Barrett also is a qualified Swim Instructor in the Marines, and is always ready and qualified to make sure that Marines are current with their Swim Qualifications. He is also CPR Certified, and has given his own free time to train civilians with the Red Cross to properly administer CPR. This is yet something else he has sacrificed his time to do. He is passionate about helping others succeed and will surely be the first one to volunteer to do something, when no one else wants to do it.
The Marine Corps is his passion, but his family is his vitality. He loves his children and me very much. It pains him to be away from us, but we understand what he does and why he does it. I get asked on a daily basis 
“How does he do it?” “How does he go long periods of time without seeing you or his children?” This is how I respond:
Imagine a world where you can’t go outside and have to worry about a bomb going off in your neighborhood.” “Imagine not being able to take your kids to the park for a nice lunch on a summer day because there might be someone there who has a bomb strapped to them.” “Imagine if you had to be afraid every time you drive in your car.” I say “can’t imagine it?” “Because of him you don’t have to.
In all seriousness, I love my husband and will always stand by him. I am proud to say I am a military wife, and we should all salute those in uniform and never forget the blanket of freedom that they provide.”
-Brandy Dilley

Visit: http://salute.blogs.cnn.com/category/salute-to-troops/

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