posted on May, 4 2012 @ 11:16 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the things you're going through. I have a lot of friends who were in the Marines and in the Navy. Some were over in Iraq
multiple times, and one friend in particular took to a lot of drinking when he got back. It took a lot out of him and ruined his relationship with his
wife who was also stationed in Iraq for a while. Without going into details, he is doing a lot better now. It took him years to get back up on his
feet and take charge of his life, but he did it. I'm sure that you can do the same, if not better. Family and friend support is so incredibly
important in times like these. It's sad to hear that you don't have that in your life right now.
As for the way the public judges soldiers who come back,... well.... too many people lack sympathy or introspection. They don't take the time to
think about why someone might decide to enlist and what happens to that person when they do. The media here in the U.S. is so incredibly good at
brainwashing us that most don't even realize it's being done to them. They think it only happens in places like Communist Russia or North Korea.
We (right here in the U.S.) have some of the most sophisticated brainwashing operations in the recorded history of man. We are tricked into believing
that we are free to think for ourselves, but there is a war being waged on our minds. Our opinions of the world and the events that take place on this
planet are heavily influenced by the people we trust to give us the news, to entertain us, to run our lives and to enforce our laws. Your father seems
like he's one of the victims of this brainwashing.9/11 is the perfect example. I admit they got to me too. I believed so strongly that we had to go
kick ass, and at the time I really believed that Bush did the right thing. I was here on ATS actually defending G.W. Bush! I actually believed that G.
W. Bush would go down in history as the guy who did what needed to be done, and did the right thing. It's strange the way a person's vision of the
world can be so transformed with a little bit of truth. I feel like my eyes are now open, even though I felt back then like I knew the truth. It's a
strange twist of reality.
My point is that many of us were fooled by our Government and our media, but some of you actually had the guts to enlist and go do something about it!
That's admirable! Many of the men and women who enlisted did so for the right reasons, the only trouble is they were lied to. Many of you believed
you were engaging in just war, but soon found out it was all a sham. They recruit kids out of High School who don't know any better. They lied to
you, they used you, sold you out,... and now you have to deal with the clueless dummies who don't know how to put themselves in your shoes so that
they understand you better. I wouldn't say that they're bad people, they're just clueless and need a little help to understand.
Although your pain and misfortune is a terrible thing to endure, you have gained something from it. You've gained the ability to understand those who
are going through the same thing as you. Deciding to volunteer and help people like yourself is a wonderful decision. They will appreciate your
support, and I'm sure that in return they too will help you deal with your issues. I strongly believe that the downturns in life can be used for
good. They can bring people together and form strong, fulfilling bonds. I wish you all the best in life and I hope you can turn all this around for
yourself. Try not to be angry with the ignorant, as hard as that may be sometimes. They know not what they do. Good luck to you.