Why?

Why?

At its most basic level, my job was to be a self-propelled bullet magnet. All I had to do was go out and die for my country. Any lump of meat with a pulse that can convert oxygen to carbon dioxide without mechanical assistance should be capable of that. Doesn’t even...
Unofficial Military Traditions

Unofficial Military Traditions

With the passing of our War-Brother, Evan Stone, I’m mindful of the unofficial traditions the military used to have at funerals. We stopped doing them mostly because the older generation forgot to teach the younger one these things, thankfully because they weren’t...
Questions to Mull Over and Sound Off!

Questions to Mull Over and Sound Off!

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and...
“This evil war is wrong”

“This evil war is wrong”

I heard that on the talk radio station I was listening to as I was riding down to Camp Atterbury in January, 2003, getting ready to go to Iraq. All through the war, every gathering site that had power had a tv set with the news on. About all we ever heard was “this...
Seven Years

Seven Years

Its been seven years now since I was injured… What had been entire companies back home were compressed into platoons for deployment; we knew our own platoons, and were used to looking at the others as friendly rivals. But in our own platoon, we were much closer....