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- BlogMon, 11 Sep 2017Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of...
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, David Fagin published an opinion piece titled Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Serving Your Country? about a group of veterans that served as armed guards for Nazi protesters. Noting that this group of veterans claim their deployment experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 28 Aug 2017Finally, I get to experience the world
One of the worst things about being deployed was being trapped on the base all the time. On the occasions that I did get to venture out, I was restricted to when and where I could go. I understood the necessity of the restrictions, but would have really liked more freedom to explore my surroundings. However, I found that... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogFri, 11 Aug 2017Service Together
My favorite movie is Good Will Hunting. I saw it for the first time shortly after the movie was released in January of 1998. I was 16 years old and found myself enjoying everything about the movie; pretty soon I was able to quote whole scenes much to the delight (and shortly annoyance) of my friends and family. One scene that stands out... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 31 Jul 2017The 9/11 Memorial and Museum
In April, I visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was not my first visit, and I’m sure it will not be the last one. I visited with a group of fellow writers, and we took the subway down. Even though I live in the Bronx, I had not taken the subway in quite some time, a year or more. I simply had no need. Where I was living at the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 17 Jul 2017Tango Mike, Sergeant Bierbrodt
In January 2006, ABC reporter Bob Woodruff found himself in the wrong place and time in the Middle East. He was reporting from the hatch of an armored vehicle when a 125mm shell, also known as an IED, exploded. Mr. Woodruff and his cameraman were filming when it happened, which is quite possibly why they were attacked. Their bodies were... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 26 Jun 2017The Long Hand of the Pigeon
As a child I used to believe in just wars, trusting my elders and being able to isolate evil people in the world. All part of my miseducation, I suppose. I’ve come a long way and now look back at this time as an odd dream. I think back in anger at all that was fed to me through school and elsewhere. This is not to say that I am... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 26 Jun 2017The Way Forward (On the Graduation of the U.S....
Body bags laid out like black piano keys The somber discordant score of war. Brought up on the dream The impervious fighting machine The American soldier, G.I. Joe, now Jane Gladiator, warrior, hero of the world. This is equality. One finally equals one Right down to shaved heads No gender bias for killing... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 19 Jun 2017The Veteran and Pit-bull-itus
We were picking up a friend when I saw a man pushing down a woman. I walked over and managed to pull him off of her. Of course, he wouldn’t leave her alone, a little too much alcohol on board. I told another bystander to call the cops, after asking if she wanted them. I asked because it was Seattle, they were minorities, and... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 19 Jun 2017I Went to Pakistan Looking for Answers, I Found a...
This spring, I attended an interreligious peace conference in Pakistan. When I landed, I thought that Spring would bring fighting season soon, just a few hundred kilometers north. The late March heat in Lahore and Islamabad thrust me back into the sights and sounds of Central Asia, the smell of korma, the wail of the Azan at prayer... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 12 Jun 2017Wanderlust
The contract that I signed when I joined the Army reflected that I would serve no more than the four years that I signed up for. I put in a little overtime during that stretch (in those days you had to treat the military contract like a + 1 wedding invite; the + 1 in my case reflects the extra year of overseas duty after I got... more...Filters: Service Together