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This is my view, from my foxhole.  Everybody has their own war…  Take what you need — leave the rest.  And, most importantly, I reserve the right to change and evolve my opinions over time…  That's what good conversations do — blogs, inherently, are conversations.

 

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  • Lest We Forget

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    Lest We Forget
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Remember all of those who've sacrificed — in body, mind, and spirit — for our freedom.
     
    And, for the humanitarian protection of all those around the world!
     
    Let perpetual light shine upon them.

     

    It's the veteran — not the preacher — who has given us freedom of religion.
     
    It's the veteran — not the reporter — who has given us freedom of the press.
     
    It's the veteran — not the poet — who has given us freedom of speech.
     
    It's the veteran — not the campus organizer — who has given us freedom to assemble.
     
    It's the veteran — not the lawyer — who has given us the right to a fair trial.
     
    It's the veteran — not the politician — who has given us the right to vote.
     
    It's the veteran — who salutes the flag.
     
    It's the veteran — who serves under the flag.

  • I'm Not a Fucking Addict

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    I'm Not a Fucking Addict
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    As evidenced by my medical record, I've got some issues — mental and physical alike.  I'd ignored, and soldiered-on through the pain, for several years.  In recent years though, I've found it my health steadily worsening and I was forced to seek medical help.  My mobility is getting worse with each passing month.

  • Coming Home

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    Coming Home
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    You're thinking, "That doesn't make sense.  They're happy to have him home.  That's all that matters to them.  He's safe and alive".

    True…  That's their first reaction — lasting until the welcome home hug and the long breathless embrace.  It's afterward, when you each pull-back and look into the other's eyes.  That's when you lose each other.

    Let's assume that you're his father.  When this vet left for war, he was still your boy — full of fun and pranks.  Life was an open invitation to adventure — anything was possible.  That's the image wich has been locked inside of your mind since he left.  Your response now, to this vet, is to that image.

  • We're All Victims of War

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    We're All Victims of War
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    No war's a good war.  At times, we've acted no better than our worst enemy — we're not blameless.  We denied the Holocaust — for instance — choosing, instead, to disbelieve the evidence.  Again, we denied the genocide in Rwanda, choosing not to believe what was happening.  And still, we close our eyes and ears, to the ongoing atrocities and slaughter in Africa–Darfur, the Congo, and elsewhere around the world.

    What's worse, war hasn't stopped the struggle for wealth and control.  Secret wars still go on, behind political posturing — each world power, seeking intelligence that it can use against the other — manipulating events, and in the end, creating more terror and worse horrors for the innocent who never know why they've been sacrificed, or for what cause.  And now, with an economic depression compressing the world, more and more suffering's brought to bear on everyone — everywhere.

    And, then there are the lives of the men and women we sacrifice in our military forces, in the interest of preserving our freedom(s) at home.  They believe in their missions and their fellow soldiers.  It's difficult not to, when your boots are on the ground, and you with your buddy beside you, can see that you're the only ones making a difference in someone else's life.  That's the hook that keeps aid volunteers and military forces continually in harm's way…  They see how much their care matters.

  • Veteran on the Edge

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    Veteran on the Edge
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    by James Stewart
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    Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    This post was inspired by Patience Mason's post about her book idea.  She asks:

    Reality is that most people who come back from war, or survive another trauma, are not fine, so if that might fit you, here are some questions to think about:
     
    How or why might you be fucked up?  Are you saying or thinking if you'd been through what I've been through, you'd be fucked up too?  If you had my wife, husband, boss, kids, etc.
     
    How are you insecure?  Are you sleeping with a gun?  Driving like a maniac?  Not trusting anyone?
     
    How are you numb?  Do you have to be in danger to feel alive?  Can you feel sad?  Can you feel love?
     
    How are you egotistical?  Do you want everything your way?  Is there flexibility in your relationships?  Do you yell if things are not done "right"?
     
    Think about these questions and see if you are actually fine or not.

 

 

 

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