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  •  Let me tell you what happened to my son (4.00)
    A Marine. 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, Weapons Company.  part of the group known as the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

    He left for boot camp on 9/11/2001 (I am NOT making that up).  He served three long tours in Iraq: Baghdad (beginning of war), Fallujah, and Ramadi.  He received a Purple Heart on his first tour for an RPG that exploded next to him and left a fair amount of shrapnel in his legs, arms, and hands.  His second tour was during the time that Fallujah was being being bombed in to the Stone Age to route out the "insurgents".  His last tour, which just ended a month ago was in the Ramadi/Sunni Triangle area.  He picked up his second Purple Heart when a roadside bomb exploded next to the Humvee in which he served as the gunner (exposed out of the top, in back) and left him with more shrapnel in his arms and face.  This time the hearing in his right ear was partially destroyed.

    At least he made it home alive.

    He told me the hardest thing he had to deal with was his friend being killed right next to him and having to wear the uniform with his friend's brains on it for several days because "wash day was not until Friday".

    He has been home for four weeks.  Last weekend he and a buddy from his platoon were arrested off base after they "beat the shit out of more than 20 people" at a bar.  He doesn't remember why and he is scared.  So are we.

    This war has killed not only our sons and daughters, but the sons and daughters of Iraq, Britain, and many others.  The wounded, maimed, and psychologically scarred are the "dirty little secret" that few have paid attention to.  It is a very large number.

    There is no word to describe the feelings I have for George W. Bush and the millions of his supporters on whose hands is this blood.

    Cindy, I am glad you are going to Crawford.  While I cannot make it, I can offer this: I live in Oklahoma City, I have a van with room for seven adults, I can front a couple of hundred bucks for bail, and I can come pick people up if they need rides by Sunday.

    Good luck with your demonstration.  I will be watching.

    "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

    by BigOkie on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 05:26:44 PM PDT

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    •  I'm so sorry (none)
      to hear about your son's psychological difficulties, and yes, if the soldiers over there survive physically intact, they are likely to return psychologically damaged.  My sister, who teaches in the MSW program at a university, told me that the professional organization to which she belongs has issued urgent alerts to its members, warning that the fallout from this war is expected to rival that of Vietnam.  They expect social workers to be employed for a very long time, dealing with the physical and psychological aftermath of this war, as well as its effects on family members.

      "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." - my dad

      by blueinnc on Fri Aug 05, 2005 at 07:58:08 AM PDT

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