Guest appearance on The Dangerous History Podcast episode 156. A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective.

Link to the third interview episode on DHP Link to the second interview episode on DHP Link to the first interview episode on DHP Notes for the DHP interview episodes   From ProfCJ's description of the episode. This is the second part of my conversation with BT, a US Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, …

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Guest appearance on The Dangerous History Podcast episode 155. A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective, part one.

Part 1 on DHP Part 2 on DHP Part 3 on DHP Part 4 on DHP Notes for the DHP interview episodes Links to episodes above. Description from ProfCJ and the Dangerous History Podcast... This episode is part 1 of CJ’s discussions with a longtime DHP listener & US Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghan …

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A conversation with an officer regarding the culture of combat soldiers during our deployment in 2006 – 2007

Foreword: The following was a conversation I had with a former officer from my unit when I deployed for Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 - 2007. I had respect for this officer, he had suggested that I should become an officer early in my career. This was not a path that I took, …

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Notes for ProfCJ’s Dangerous History Podcast. Episode 1.

Here is the link to my first interview on The Dangerous History Podcast. Below are my notes on the podcast. They are an outline, so the context is lost, without hearing the episode. I am posting this for anyone interested in the sources I utilized as well as the many statistics I quote in the …

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Government Accountability Office reports VA denies 80% of Gulf War Illness claims

A report released June 2017 revealed the VA denies 4 of 5 disability claims for veterans claiming disability for Gulf War illness despite evidence showing over 40 percent suffer from it. The Government Accountability Office released a report analyzing Gulf War Illness (GWI) claims of veterans from 2010 to 2015. Of the 102,000 claims received, …

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My letter to California Senator Kamala Harris into my continuing VA problems. November 2017. (Updated October 2018)

As of Feburary 21, 2019 no response has ever been sent by the Senators office. I think I might try it again, just another example of a tangable problem.   Sen. Harris, I joined the Army out of California in 2005. This was right after my high school graduation and a little over a year …

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VA refuses to acknowledge some combat zone burn pits were built on former chemical weapon facilities.

"Though the US government disputes it, new evidence shows a link between service in Iraq and Afghanistan and cancers and untreatable bronchial illnesses." The health risk of this is astronomical, and the combat veteran community is losing people to this important factor that the government is refusing. Imagine you go to a concert, and hundreds …

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Inside the Vultures Nest – As the helicopter gently crashes.

I have had to deal with almost being killed in flight several times. One of the problems with a particular helicopter was that a mechanic did not install any of the fasteners on many of the flight controls on the UH-60. Now they have redundancies, I know that. But someone who fails to do their …

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This Jarring Photo Series Captures What PTSD Really Looks Like. [Buzzfeed link]

This is just as impactful to me now as it was back when I first saw it. The one that is the worst for me is the divorcing couple. They know the problems with PTSD, but they simply cannot take it. I do not believe it is possible to understand the trials and pain that …

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The rocket and the reflective belt – A wartime comedy

I am not sure what it is about night shifts, but all the stupid shit seems to happen during the sleeping time. Since you, know everyone else is awake. His name was Rocket. He was spunky. He decided to dance near the fuel depot. Because the dance could be so explosive the MPs came to …

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