More From Iraq.
April 10th - 2008
Camp Rustamiyah - Iraq
I'm in a hard-shell, built years ago for an Iraqi training post, but I'm crammed in here with two other guys.
Good, clean guys, but still, we all know I like to live alone. The room is too small to build a wall
to divide much of anything. One of the guys built a little table in the middle which is cool.
Josh was suppose to come back today, but didn't. I'm not sure why but it just could be a "traffic jam" issue. He will probably be flown in.
From what I understand he will be fine, but he did get injured. To what degree I'm not sure. I know that the Hum-V he was working on
burnt to the ground, along with the one next to it, and the fueler which of course started it all. People like Josh shouldn't have to be here.
He's fine, and alive, but I know full well he's not over his last deployment. Now with this? It would be one thing if he could turn to the army
for medical care, but he can't. He has seen my troubles with getting help, and I think that pushes him away from even trying. But I tell him
it shouldn't. We must hold the army accountable for it's actions. If they are going to re-deploy Soldiers over and over again, then they need
to get them taken care of.
But the sad fact is this: The United States Army is broken. For those of you who are in the army, you see the break down all around you.
Today they said they would take a "pause" from troop withdrawals. Seeing is how Soldiers will not refuse their orders in mass numbers, the end of
this war will probably only come to an end when an overwhelming amount of Soldiers break down. A high spike in suicides, AWOLs, murdering
of fellow Soldiers, and an increase of drinking/drug related problems. Now is the army facing all of these things much more today then they have
in the past? Sure they are. The thing is they are keeping it very very quite. But the thing they are not doing is providing real quality medical care.
For those of you on this list that find yourselves disagreeing with me more than anything, do this much: Help us fight for better medical care.
That would be a great way to support the troops, without having to disagree with the war. True, one of the best ways to ease up on Soldiers
and their families is to put a stop to all this nonsense, but too many Americans are still stuck on the thought that is a fight worth fighting.
So we disagree there, but if we can put our differences aside for a bit, we can take the time to help Soldiers get better medical care by
putting pressure, and I mean real pressure, on our elected officials.
Now who would you be standing next to in this fight? Combat Veterans from this war and others past. Military families, active duty
Soldiers, and other branches as well. True, you might be standing next to a college student with vastly different views than yourself, but
I think we can all agree that the mature thing to do is team up as one for a common issue. I think people who are on the other side of
this war than myself have a distorted view of the anti-war crowd. The key thing that you never see are real-deal Combat Vets. These
are the people who should be listened to the most. But they are rarely, if never, shown talking about there take on the war. Unless of course
it a pro-war stance. What about those **** liberals? Yeah, they are here too. But here is something you should know about them before
you bash them: They have backed up this Vet more than even some of my own family. Yeah, I know, hard to believe. They have really supported
the troops, this one included. They might believe in this or that, but one common goal is they want to see Soldiers getting taken care of.
They write me very often, send care packages, and are amongst the first to reply to e-mails such as the one informing all of you about Josh.
So if we can set our pride and egos aside, we can help the Soldier, and the Marine.
I also want to clear up my intentions for what I do. I think some people get the wrong idea. I've pissed some people off in a big way. I've been threaten
to have my ass kicked not once, but twice. I am forceful with my views and rub people the wrong way sometimes. But I do what I do because I want
to see a stop to this mess. Yes, people die in a war. However, there really is no objective here on the ground. When we had our first KIA last time
it was Robbie Light. He was a great guy, but others knew far better then I did. When you see what that kind of graphic loss does to people around you
you begin to think about things. I was already against the war at that point, but I saw the pain these guys were going through, and no one should have
to endure that. There are other people right at this very moment loosing their Robbie Light's. Is worth it for them? Is it worth it to our Nation? I have
found that no, it's not. But we can make it count on many different levels. By helping the families of those who have died. Like so many of you
have with Robbie's. But also making it count that Soldiers are not sent someplace where they can die for the wrong reasons. They signed up to be
Soldiers, and that come with risks, but you are all citizens of this country, you have a responsibility too that I think many of you have forgotten.
To take care of the Soldier that fights for you. I won't lie, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't want to pack it in, give up. But I don't? Why?
In enact the cliché, I don't forget. I don't forget the crying Soldiers at the funeral services I have photographed. I don't forget the families I've interviewed
and heard their stories. So you to, should not forget. Don't forget that they need your true help and support, as much as you need them.
Casey J Porter
Last edited by CJP; 04-11-2008 at 12:47 PM.