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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Psychic Scars: The Real Price of the Global War on Terrorism Posted by Hello
Once again, good morning to all that come aboard this site. I watched "Frontline" last night, and (I must say) it was one of the finest "Frontline" episodes I've ever seen...perhaps THE finest. In fact, before last nights episode came on, I was watching a "Frontline" I had taped years ago on North Korea and its quest to become a nuclear power (just to brush up on the North Korean situation). For all those that don't know, "Frontline" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/) is an award-winning program on PBS that examines different socio-economic issues that have an impact domestically, as well as, internationally. It is simply one of the best programs on PBS and (I think) a national treasure in terms of the contribution it makes to the national consciousness and the national dialogue. Last nights installment was titled "The Soldier's Heart" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heart/) and it looked at the so-called Global War on Terrorism and the psychic-emotional impact it has taken (indeed, continues to take) on the veterans who have been the tip of the spear in this ill-conceived Middle Eastern debacle and who (as Lincoln said) "... have borne the battle". It is not hyperbole when I say the program was extremely moving and personal; the stories of the Marines and soldiers , both active duty and reserve (but does that really matter, active duty or reserve? The pain is still real and the blood is still red, isn't it?) were intense , jarring and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. In a word, the episode was searing. It was simply an incredible expose on the after effects of war, its ramifications and the struggles that many veterans endure years after the initial trauma. Here's a portion of the Frontline introduction:

"...thousands of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq free from physical injury but haunted by memories from the battlefield. In "The Soldier's Heart," FRONTLINE explores the psychological cost of war and investigates whether the military is doing enough to help the many combat veterans coming home with emotional problems. With unprecedented access to active duty service members at Camp Pendleton, a Marine base in San Diego, and through interviews with mental health experts both in and out of the military and members of a Camp Pendleton support group, FRONTLINE uncovers one of the underreported stories from the war in Iraq".

Over one million Americans have served in the Afghanistan (which is far from over, by the way, http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3040317) and Iraqi campaigns. These young people, both enlisted and officer, are the best this country has to offer. They are precious and must be treated with respect and compassion. These veterans have given their all and then some. Many have paid the highest price and others are paying a psychological price that is beyond comprehension, and for some (sadly) beyond their endurance. Yes, this war in Iraq is wrong (in my opinion) but we are beyond that now in terms of the human toll its taking on those warriors that have been, and continue to be sent into those dual hot, dusty meat-grinders called Iraq and Afghanistan. We must do all that we can to facilitate their assimilation back into American society. Lord knows, that's the least we can do. Semper Fidelis


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Blogger VeniceBeatnik said...

That was a powerful Frontline episode. It was sad to see that kid go through some group therapy for PTSD and then get sent back to Iraq.

Something they didn't touch on was brain injury, the kind that occurs after a soldier's brain get bounced around by an explosion.

From what I understand, our vet hospitals have a large number of patients who seem otherwise OK but whose brains have been seriously damaged by concussion.

There are so many hiddens costs to this immoral war.

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