Rantings of a Drunken Vet: Intro

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I wondered if people back home would ever know what it cost the soldiers to win this war. In America, things were already beginning to look like peacetime. The standard of living was on the rise, racetracks and nightclubs were booming, you couldn't get a hotel room in Miami Beach...it was so crowded. How could anyone ever know of the price paid by soldiers in terror, agony, and bloodshed, if they'd never been to places like Normandy, Bastogne, or Haguenau?

-PVT David Webster, as quoted in the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers"

I've decided to start sharing some of my personal experience from Afghanistan, so this will probably become a regular post for me.

I usually try to avoid the topic in conversation. The few times I've tried to tell stories about it, I usually get blank looks and meaningless comments. Often, I get sympathy, which is the opposite of what I desire. While I appreciate it, the people it comes from have no idea, and it just makes me feel more distant.

Understanding is what I want. I want America to understand what we've been through. I want America to appreciate what we've done and what we've accomplished, rather than just pay us lip service.

Most of all, I want America to support us through to the only acceptable option...

From the Far East I send you one single thought, one sole idea, written in red on every beachhead from Australia to Tokyo...THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY!

-General Douglas MacArthur

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Thanks for sharing all this, NR.

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