Monthly Archives: February 2014

52-50 Days and a Wake Up

Every second, every minute, and every hour I thought about the day that we would leave Iraq. Ok, maybe that is slightly over exaggerated, but it was frequently thought about. We all had our calendars with the days marked down, and I would constantly debate how many days we had left. See in my head we always had two days less than what they counted, because I didn't count the … Continue reading

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Which Pill Today?

..Naproxen, propranolol, tramadol, cyclobenzaphrine, paxil, or my natural calming medicine that was not prescribed by a doctor–"which one" is a daily question. Well, it depends on what I'm feeling, but more times than not I'm feeling anxious and irritable, so which one of these medicines actually works for that? According to the doctor, propranolol should work for that, or the natural calming medicine should work for that, or if I … Continue reading

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How to Help With No Money

No Money To Donate But Want To Still Help Our Combat Vets? No Problem! Help Our Vets By Joining Our Online Garage Sale! We've made it super easy for you to help our vets get the resources they need and show your support to our troops. Here's how: 1. Just email a quick photo (or a couple pics) of an item or 2 (or 3) around your house, sitting in … Continue reading

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I don’t need easy, I just need possible

130 degrees!!! Seriously! That’s what the thermometer read as I gazed up at it while smoking a cigarette outside of my chu (consolidated housing unit) while stationed in Iraq. It was 130 degrees outside and my power just went out in my chu. Considering I worked night shift during our deployment, it usually went out during the day. Needless to say, I had a lot of days like this, where the … Continue reading

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From the beaches of paradise to the sand pits of hell

Leaving to Iraq was one thing, but leaving the person I loved more than anything for 12 or more months was another. I didn’t know how to deal with it, so I suppressed it and smoked multiple packs of cigarettes a day. I must have been completely numb up until the point we were sitting in Kuwait smoking cigarettes on a sand barrier, because that is the next clearest memory … Continue reading

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