This is just a touch of what someone might go through or think and feel, during a SHTF, with so many here that might not of served, I thought I would
just give you a little idea of what others have gone through when faced with that type of environment.
Given that many of you think the Zombie's are coming or we will have martial law soon, this is just a touch of what many people who have been in harms
way feel and deal with daily....if the powers to be, have us going down the path you think, this will be something that everyone alive will have to
deal with in some way shape or form.
TOP 10 THINGS COMBAT VETS WANT YOU TO KNOW
1. He is addicted to war, although he loves you. War is horrible, but there is nothing like a life-and-death fight to make you feel truly alive. The
adrenalin rush is tremendous, and can never be replaced. Succeeding in combat defines a warrior, places him in a brotherhood where he is always
welcome and understood. The civilian world has its adrenalin junkies as well; just ask any retired Firefighter, Police Officer, or Emergency Room
Staff if they miss it.
2. Living for you is harder. It would be easy for him to die for you because he loves you. Living for you, which you actually want, is harder for him.
It is even more harder for him if you are smart and do not need him to rescue you, since rescuing is something that he does really well. If you are
very competent at many things, he may at times question if you need him at all. He may not see that you stay with him as a conscious choice.
3. "the training kicks in" means something very different to him. It is direct battle doctrine that when ambushed by a superior force, the correct
response is "Apply maximum fire power an break contact." A warrior has to be able to respond to a threat with minimal time pondering choices. While
this is life-saving in combat, it is not helpful in the much slower-paced civilian world. A better rule in the civilian world would be to give a
reaction proportionate to the provocation. Small provocation, small response (but this can get you killed on the battle field). When the training
becomes second nature, a warrior may take any adrenalin rush as a cue to "Apply maximum firepower." This can become particularly unfortunate if
someone starts to cry. Tears are unbearable to him; they create explosive emotions in him that can be difficult for him to control. Unfortunately,
that can lead to a warrior responding to strong waves of guilt by applying more "Maximum firepower" on friends, family, or unfortunate strangers.
4. He is afraid to get attached to anyone because he has learned that the people you love get killed, and he cannot face that pain again. He may make
an exception for his children (because they cannot divorce him), but that will be instinctual and he will probably not be able to explain his actions.
5. He knows the military exists for a reason. The sad fact is that the military exists ultimately to kill people and break things. This was true of
our beloved "greatest generation" warriors of WWII, and it remains true to this day. Technically your warrior, may be a killer, as are his friends. He
may have a hard time seeing that this does not make him a murderer. Although they may look similar at first glance, he is a sheepdog protecting the
herd, not a wolf trying to destroy it. The emotional side of killing in combat is complex. He may not know how to feel about what he's seen or done,
and he may not expect his feelings to change over time. Warriors can experience moments of profound guilt, shame, and self-hatred. He may have
experienced a momentary elation at "Scoring one for the good guys," then been horrified that he celebrated killing another human being. He may view
himself as a monster for having those emotions, or for having gotten used to killing because it happened often. One of my Marines recommended "On
Killing" by Dave Grossman, and I will pass that recommendation on.
6. He's had to cultivate explosive anger in order to survive in combat. He may have grown up with explosive anger (violent alcoholic father?) as
7. He may have been only nineteen when he first had to make a life or death decision for someone else. What kind of skills does a nineteen-year-old
have to deal with that kind of responsibility? One of my Veterans put it this way: "You wan to know what frightening is? It's a nineteen-year-old boy
who's had a sip of that power over life and death that war gives you. It's a boy who, despite all the things he's been taught, knows that he likes it.
It's a nineteen-year-old who's just lost a friend, and is angry and scared, and determined that some $@&" is going to pay. To this day, the thought of
that boy can wake me from a sound sleep, and leave me starring at the ceiling."
8. He may believe that he is the only one that feels this way; eventually he may realize that at least other Combat vets understand. On some level, he
does not want you to understand because that would mean you had shared his most horrible experience, and he wants someone to remain innocent.
9. He doesn't understand that you have a momma bear inside of you, that probably any of us can kill in defense of someone if we needed to. Imagine
your reaction if someone pointed a weapon at your child. Would it change your reaction if a child pointed a weapon at your child?
10. When you don't understand, he needs you to give him the benefit of the doubt. He needs you to also, to realize that his issues aren't really about
you, although you may step in them sometimes. Truly, the last thing he wants is for you to become a casualty in his war.
I hope that after you read this you can take a few minutes and think about what people have already done for you right now, for you to be at your
computer reading this and still be able to say whatever you want, like it or not, its men and women, past and present, that have made that possible
for you...so are you mentally prepared or are you just going to come up with some stupid childish answer and laugh off, what so many think is going to
be a soon reality for us all....
this is my .02 cents from someone thats been there done that.
edit on 22-10-2012 by saltdog because: spelling