Posts in category "military"

Combat Women!

The armed forces comprise 14% of the 1.4 million of army personnel.  A change is about to come. Women this year will be allowed to go into physical combat on the front line.  That means women will be able to fight in the war, just like the men with guns, in the fox hole and... Read more »

Go See Red Tails!

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Movie producer, George Lucas, has taken a giant step, in bringing the story of The Tuskegee Airmen to the big screen.  In World War II there were Black soldiers highly disciplined and trained for air missions, who were not allowed to function because they were Black. They were led and trained by the late Commander... Read more »

Pearl Harbor: Remembering A United America

The attack on Pearl Harbor (called Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters (Operation Z in planning) and the Battle of Pearl Harbor) is being remembered today on its 70th anniversary. Many are familiar with the battle that was the turning point and also ignited America’s involvement in World War ll.... Read more »

Stop-Loss Policy

Stop loss policy. A term not familiar with many but it originates after the ban of drafting. A form of keeping men and women in the military service involuntary, this clause has snuck itself into many contracts that hinder a soldier’s life. At any moment they may be called past their contracted time and become... Read more »

PTSD: Not All Wounds Are Visible

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder than can develop after exposure to any event which results in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one’s own or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity, overwhelming the individual’s ability to cope. Diagnostic... Read more »

The Mark of Cain

The Iraqi trekked slowly towards the campsite; an oversized bag slumped behind him, hauling it across the ground from behind. I saw him before the others. I saw him overheated from the blistering sun, skin and bones from starvation, and bruised from nature’s cruel affliction of life. I saw his blotched eyes round, plump tomatoes,... Read more »