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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2011 6:30 p.m. PST

Anyone remember this Marine's name and which city/battle this pic was taken after?

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member10 Mar 2011 6:51 p.m. PST
Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2011 6:57 p.m. PST

Sad. I hope he recovers.

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member10 Mar 2011 8:11 p.m. PST

I'm not sure it's possible to recover from PTSD. Ask some of the veterans here. All you can do is manage it, with varying degrees of success.

An old friend of the family, a former juvenile delinquent under my grandmother's supervision, enlisted with his brother in the Airborne in WWII. After the Battle of the Bulge, he spent the rest of his life in the VA hospital in Togus, Maine. He would be allowed sometimes to come and visit when I was a boy. He was a sweet and gentle man, but clearly existed in a different world than ours.

My second cousin came back from two tours in Iraq and took his own life, leaving a young wife and baby. His family has yet to release the images and videos that he took showing what he saw: things that he could not live with any longer.

We have a long, painful, and generally unappreciated road ahead, if we're going to care in any meaningful way for the veterans of our current conflicts. I'm not a fan of one-percenter MC clubs, but if that comradeship now gets that Marine through each day, more power to him. May the Almighty bless him and gently hold him in his hand.


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2011 4:29 a.m. PST

Thanks for the follow up. One of many sad stories to come out of these two latest wars. I'm afraid this on is far from the last we shall hear of.

Jay Arnold Inactive Member11 Mar 2011 9:38 a.m. PST

Thing is, there's no one set of circumstances or experiences that can bring it about.

What one person thinks is the end of the world, another might not give a second thought. Same with what might trigger episodes.

Between PTSD and MTBI, we might not be able to count the full cost of these wars for some time to come.

Excuse me, I mean "Overseas contingency operations."

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member11 Mar 2011 10:58 a.m. PST

Some daunting info here:


Mapleleaf Inactive Member13 Mar 2011 8:31 a.m. PST

Thank you for the post Allen. The information you provided is another reason to value the service provided by our military is serving their counties. I pray that they will get the help and support that they need. They are as much a war casualty as any that has been shot or injured in combat.

autos da fe Inactive Member14 Mar 2011 8:23 a.m. PST

A two part story on that photograph, and after:
Part 1
Part 2

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