Listen: Ramadi, Iraq, Middle East discussed on Guard the Guardians
"Nonprofit helps veterans connector outreach programs to bills rank of character to deal with the effects of poster Matic stress, and we found that there's no shop vaccination fill that a doctor or the VA can prescribe any better than really getting guys together. And that's something that you're listening to is. Although you, and I have never met we share that same bond because we both bought in Ramadi, although we were ships passing in the night. Sean you were there shortly before I arrived. You know, exactly the the the dynamic nature that battlefield in how complex it was in. What those guys had to experience and. And the horrific life changing events, they they saw in the things that never be able to unseat because. It's it's just it's not to kill another human being not for anyone. I don't care how romanticize or cavalier is portrayed fishing on television or movies. It is a horrific. Life changing action for most. But in war killing is what happens marines are trained to kill in. In that environment. Especially in Ramadi. The destruction was everywhere in it would be everything around sometimes it eats at you. It's just an unnatural act. So yeah, there are plenty of guys that are suffering from the effects of post traumatic stress, and sadly, we have lost more more marines, and sailors two suicide because of that, and I think they're affected obviously to a higher degree than some people. That didn't experience that type of savagery that we saw back in OPEC's seven. And I wanna say this is I is I do most times when asked this question is that I never won the listeners or my readers do presuppose that my company or my marines where the biggest bad ass group of marines ever to walk the face about trust me echo company. Was there were some pretty bad ass marine? They took care of business. But there were plenty of other units on the battlefield in both the Marine Corps in the army that suffered as much as we did if not more they fought harder. If not more than we did. And they as much pain as we did. So what I talk about an used as examples in my writing in the story, you can understand this like some of the other veterans those stories are really emblematic of what all those warriors experienced during that time where we fought in one of the most highly contested areas of Iraq in Ramadi owes sakes, the deadly city of Iraq of the time. That's just where all the insurgents wanted to fight us, and it was based off of nothing more the timing because those pockets of insurgency migrate from city to city. There's the Baghdad there's a Faluji's there's the times there's the Ramadi and they have. Have the luxury of time and choosing the this time and place where they wanted to fight us on the battlefield. And as you know, six it was reminding, and I don't think it's a shock to anyone listening today keeping up with current events as we stand on the precipice of another battle in the Middle East ISIS Joe's Ramadi to gain a foothold back in Iraq. Because back that it is a capital city of alum our province in that's significant because we rooted those insurgents out, and we did our share of fighting. But I don't think any were surprised that it we didn't establish a presence in the Middle East. If we didn't build bases, and and defend that territory for which we fought so hard for the past decade that some some bad actor or some other insurgent faction would come back in and they would try and stay in a d stable government. And that was just the situation. That happened. I mean, we can read about it in the main should me today. Eight concede on whatever Cable News Network, we want you. But that's what's happening. But the marines are still there. The soldiers are still there in the army is still fighting in their winning. Have you ever wondered if the sacrifices that were made when you were in Ramadi were actually worth something in the end? And the reason I pretty personal for me to ask.."