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There are a lot of things I know I don't know. I've never jumped out of a plane. I've never been in a combat zone. I don't feel in my gut what the sound of a Spectre gunship overhead means.

But people I love have done those things and I want to understand them better, so today I am reading Magic Kingdom Dispatch, one Ranger's story about his experience participating in Operation Urgent Fury. I know I can never deeply empathize with all the things they experienced, but I want to try.

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rapier
Sep. 11th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Odd that you should mention it. My LJ friend ginmar is a veteran of that war, and has a very recent entry where she describes being on the ground just before some harrowing combat. She isn't a Ranger or any other combat-specialized soldier either - she's a linguist. I can't imagine she was eager to get into a firefight, you know?

Anyway, her entry is here if you want to read it.
oddharmonic
Sep. 13th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Operation Urgent Fury was the invasion of Grenada in 1983. Operation Enduring Freedom is the ongoing presence in Iraq.

I think combat scars people in much deeper ways than many mental health care providers are equipped to handle. And re your friend ginmar's situation, the care we provide veterans in this country is abominable. As a nation, we owe them better.
rapier
Sep. 13th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
Hurr. Yes. Sorry, I had ginmar's entry on my mind when I read your entry and got terribly confused about my history. But yes, I entirely agree. Re: our veterans, we're doing it wrong. :(
alarin612
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
:D
*Airborne hug!*
oddharmonic
Sep. 13th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: :D
Thanks.

I've gotten to the point where I tell people Vogon eats a kosher diet rather than explain he can't stomach the smell of cooking pork because it's triggering. I feel like a tool for using that excuse, but it's easier to keep that conversation for times and places it's appropriate.
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