When we join the brotherhood/ sisterhood that is the military and learn the words and for the most part learn to live and all to often die by the Values of each chosen branch. The Army values are found in the middle of the Soldiers Creed. The Soldier’s Creed “I am an American soldier. I am a warrior and a member of the team. I serve the people of the United States of America, and live the Army values. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior task and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I am an expert and I am a professional I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am the guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American soldier.”
These words we learn quickly in basic training in the Army it was right there with our service number, or our general orders. These were necessary to the go to the bathroom or pretty much anything to to demonstrate to the drill sergeants that we were learning and we knew what we needed to know even if it was just the basics. Use the Army because that’s what I know I I was Army infantry 11C. this was an interesting experience for me when I joined at 17. But when we all join up there is someone of a higher rank gently guide sometimes with the to the ass to where we’re supposed to be what were supposed be doing if we need help we could always call on the Cpl. or the Sgt. or whoever was higher rank there was always some that should some type of answer and there was a way of getting clearly and direct if you squad leader didn’t know you went to your platoon sergeant and he worked up the chain of command to the found the answer you need for you went to whoever you squad leader or Sgt. sent you to. When we get out we get in the well done a pat on the back piece of paper that says that we are no longer in the military and left on our own we are sent from a very strict and structured world to a chaotic and disorganized and for a lot of servicemembers that I met and talked with illogical filled with morons and that’s putting it nicely in the service we were given what we needed we are checked on as there was any hints of something being off there was at least 15 people that were right there with you the notice. But after we are out were left on our own we can’t tell to most of our loved ones about what we’ve seen there was we’ve done because how do you make someone understand what you can understand how do you ask them to hold the baggage and the scars from the wounds of we suffer not the physical ones but the mental ones how do we explain to civilians the bonds of the brotherhood and I use that not gender specific but how do we explain those bonds these are bonds they if you do not experience him yourself even the most intuitive person in your life will never be to understand they are as close as your spouse late not not sexually attracted to or emotionally attached likes your spouse they are your brother there your sister you would die for and give them shelter if you had if they called you today even after 50 years of not speaking because of some Bar tramp from your time in country had created some type fight between you and you swore you never talk to you in and told you they were dying of cancer today and they only had a week to live you would make damn sure to find a way to go see them one last time no matter the feelings. I ask you this though to think on we hear about 22 veterans a day dying taking their life was the battle buddies wears their any of their unit wears any of their brothers or sisters reaching out for them offering a warm meal or a fucking cup of coffee something to show them they are not alone.
We claim that the VA is always a problem we don’t seek to find solutions to what claim the there are all these different organizations that help exclusively veterans and we think that our call of duty for brothers and sisters is done there we think that we receive our DD 214 and say our services done VA is overwhelmed and it is a government agency we worked for the government we know how fucked up the government can be and we are no longer a priority until election and then its only words we have yet to truly see change or relief for the homeless vets or the PTSD sufferers or the other issues yet they let too many slip through the cracks and they are left to face the chaos on their own with no ideas on where to ask for help that will make them not be less than what they were in the Service. We must reach out to groups like the DAV and help veterans no matter what generation they may be a no matter whether you think they truly served are not if you think they didn’t serve but this and third time they sign the contract they are still your brother and sister it’s time for us to be our brother’s keeper and stop relying on others to duty.
By just a wolf grunt
AUTHOR BY: TYRELL MOODY