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T-shirts, Trousers, and Things for SGT Derek Tope

Please help this Soldier get his life back together. Anything you can give is helpful, this man is starting over from square one.

andrewwadenunn:

#tbt #sixwordwar combo.
“When did you sleep last?”  …  “Idunno.”
Shannon, Ireland
January, 2009
Our flight from Kuwait broke down in Shannon, Ireland and we got put up in a fairly nice hotel, but we couldn’t leave, and we couldn’t drink.  Many of us were experiencing civilian life again for the first time, following awful traumatic experiences.
We found ways around it, and drank lots of room service wine.  Sleep was still so hard to come by.  There were 4 men from my unit, and although we all had seperate rooms, we stayed together in one, with two beds, and chain smoked and ordered room service.  Talked, cried, talked, got drunk, drank coffee, talked, and I think at some point we went swimming…
#50or60oramilliondifferentthings

mintsmintsmints:

every day, every hour, I give less and less of a shit about the military

Anonymous asked: We would choose to. You think not joining the military is a PRIVILEGE? fuck that. Even those of us who are desperately poor can't join we'll have our loyalty questioned. Or be asked to kill our own people. Your ability to join is in itself white privilege. Don't you dare guilt trip those who suffered from you joining up for pointing out that just feeling bad doesn't erase the harm done. If you really cares for POC and not just your own guilty conscience you wouldn't be acting like this.

aaronfunandmental:

aaronfunandmental:

Reblogged w/o comment.

I hadn’t planned in responding to anymore of the anon’s bullshit, but I’ll be damned if I allow an anonymous coward to erase the hard fucking work I’ve done.

You’re right. Feeling bad DOESNT erase the harm I did as a participant in the Army and the illegal and immoral invasion and occupation in Iraq.
Nothing ever will.

Not the irreversible brain damage I sustained, or the crushed vertebrae, or all the hearing in my right ear, nor the PTSD. It doesn’t erase the damage I inflicted on innocent people in a country I didn’t belong in.

But I have dedicated whatever life I have left to organizing against militarism, against colonialism, and against war.

That’s why I have partnerships with Iraqis to work together toward repairing the carnage I helped inflict.

That’s why I’m an active, and influential member of some of the biggest antiwar orgs in the United States, and work for free at one of only TWO functioning Anti-War Coffee Houses left in the United States.

That’s why I use my leverage as a veteran to speak to people about the horrors of militarism, because right or wrong, the average American listens more to vets who speak out against militarism than civilians.

If you want to crucify me for a decision I made when I was 19 years old and facing homelessness, you go right on ahead.

I spent a year in the war.
I’ve spent the last FIVE actively engaged in the antiwar movement, in partnership with antimilitarist, anticolonialist organizers all over the world.

Your appraisal of me is inaccurate, undeserved, and based on false assumptions about my choices, actions, motives, and beliefs. But then, you’re s person hiding behind Anon to make wildly inaccurate and self-contradictory criticisms of me.

Hagel, in defense of Bergdahl’s recovery.

soldierporn:

(Article by Jim Garabone of American Forces Press Service, 11 JUN 2014. Source. Amended/abridged, R. Etzweiler.)

The recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban was fully consistent with U.S. law, U.S. interests and the U.S. military’s core values, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee today.

The secretary assured the committee that he would not sign off on any decision that wasn’t in the best interests of the United States.

“The prisoner exchange was done legally, with substantial mitigation of risk and in the national interest of our country,” Hagel said.

Since his disappearance in 2009, Bergdahl was officially listed as missing-captured. “No charges were ever brought against him, and there are no charges pending now,” Hagel said, noting that all aspects of government worked to recover the sergeant.

“We never stopped trying to get him back, as the Congress knows, because he is a soldier in the United States Army,” the secretary said.

Any questions about the sergeant’s capture are separate from these facts, Hagel said, “because we do whatever it takes to recover any U.S. service member held in captivity. This pledge is woven into the fabric of our nation and its military.”

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soldierporn:

US Army Specialist Terry J. Hurne. 9 JUN 2014.

Died in Logar province, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident. Hurne was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York.

Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

essencelu:

lorenemichelle:

phocals:

 

crystallvisi0n:

giddy-stratospheres:

war kills people from the inside out sometimes

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

i think i’ve posted this before but it’s so powerful

reblog every time

so sad

Devastating statistics!

(via aaronfunandmental)

soldierporn:

US Army Specialist Kerry M. G. Danyluk. 15 APR 2014.

Died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained 12 APR during small arms fire attack in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan. Danyluk was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York.