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THere's No Promise of Tomorrow - An Iraq War Veteran Looks Back


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Marlboro Marine, James Blake Miller, Iraw War veteran, PTSD, politics )

RC
- 4118 days ago - latimes.com
Tragic, touching - don't miss this slide/video exploration of the life and mind of an Iraq War veteran of Fallujah. Don't skip the epilogue by LA Times photographer Luis Sinco.



   

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RC deWinter (418)
Monday November 12, 2007, 7:29 am
Imagine yourself a Washington, DC legislator. Imagine yourself refusing to meet - even for a few minutes - with an Iraq War veteran who has something to say. Imagine you are that veteran - a man who can't forget the carnage of war and wonders why he's still alive.
 

Charles C (160)
Monday November 12, 2007, 8:01 am
Unfortunately, our vets do not get treated with the respect they deserve, which is appalling, after the sacrifices they have made for our country.
Noted and thanks Cate.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Monday November 12, 2007, 8:02 am
I can hardly wait for Bush to suffer through his karma.
 

. (0)
Monday November 12, 2007, 8:33 am
Noted with respect, love, blessings and a grateful heart for all those who have served, are serving or will be serving in our armed forces. It is shameful the way they are treated by the very ones, our govt, who have chosen to place them in the middle of war and destruction.
 

Joycey B (750)
Monday November 12, 2007, 8:58 am
Noted. Thanks Cate.
 

Carolyn T (234)
Monday November 12, 2007, 9:55 am
Noted. A legislator who refuses to meet with an Iraq war veteran! A legislator who passes up that photo op!!! That is one guilty lawmaker who has so much cowardice and guilt that he cannot look this superior in the eye. And make no mistake: this veteran is absolutely superior to anyone who ordered, commanded, or allowed him to be used in the way that he has been. The legislator did the best thing after all: he knows he does not deserve to be in the same room with a hero, a room patriotically outfitted no doubt, and he knows he has no satisfying answers to give. Better he not disgrace himself further. Maybe our soldier-hero needs to be invited by supporters in each House to speak for a minimum of two minutes and maybe someone will lisen. Or maybe we only listed to Generals and other toadies.
 

Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Monday November 12, 2007, 10:02 am
Cate, you know my heart breaks for our military people who come back home and expect our govt. to help them and then they don't...this leaves me hurting for them all...how dare the govt. not even have the time to listen to the very own people that fought so hard for us?.This could help them deal with life on the outside of the War, much better, by speaking whats on their minds....My Dad is a veteran and I sure do know the truth about our govt... So, thank you dear friend, this is noted with sadness in my heart for these beautiful souls who have sacrificed their time, their lives for our freedom, and then come "Home" to what?....My love and respect for all of them..
Many blessings to all..
FreeSpiritRunning..
 

Mary H (47)
Monday November 12, 2007, 1:18 pm
Noted ty Cate
 

John Blalock (48)
Monday November 12, 2007, 1:55 pm
Thanks again Cate. Being a 2 yr. combat vet, you say about the politician that didn`t show. Let me tell ya Cate, that`s all it is, is a show. Like that general that shook his hand, such BS. Those politicians & generals don`t give a damn about you. It`s all a show, get there picture taken, shake hands, smile etc., etc., etc.,. You `must` remember we were then & now just cannon fotter, for the politicians & generals to move up the ladder.
 

Gail L (30)
Monday November 12, 2007, 3:11 pm
noted
 

Jennie B (14)
Monday November 12, 2007, 3:51 pm
Politicians who do not pay attention to these Iraqi vets will PAY for it because more so that ever before, the American people are tired of politics as usual, of empty words, of a brain dead President & his cohorts who don't "get it." I hope more and more Iraqi vets SPEAK UP and tell it like it is-here is what WAR is and here is what it does to one's mind, spirit and heart -and FAMILY. And then Americans who are tired of this sickening war and the death toll will turn on the politicians who DON'T get it and kick them to the curb. These vets like their brothers in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Korea and WWII come back CHANGED FOREVER by the experience. The dead are not the only casualties in war-so are the people who return scarred for life. Those who take it and become the TRUTH TELLERS are the heros because perhaps they can stop the pre-emptive war line of thinking, the bully on the block mentality that has made the U.S. so hated in the world. No, the troops are never at fault for the decisions made by the administration-they are the victims-Responsibility lies at the feet of G.W. Bush -every death, every brain injury, every dead Iraqi child, every vet experiencing the war in dreams...no one comes out of war untouched. And this little Napolean controlling the troops is the problem. Every vet knows that war based on GREED isn't the answer. Noted/Shared.
 

David Gould (155)
Monday November 12, 2007, 4:14 pm
War achieves so little apart from destruction. And it is not always those that we defeat that are destroyed. For the brutilisation of war destroys us as people. This young man asked to shot and kill people that meant nothing to him, for a cause he poorly understood, but who has to live the recurring nightmare of having cut short anther person's life.

War has many victims. But politians, Generals and even Presidents have no time for the real victims that are theor own troops; those that did their bidding and destroyed themslves.

But to be a polititian or general is to be detacted from those that carry out your orders. They are the canon folder whose main mission is to die so you can gain kudos in battle. Unfortunately some of these broken people return home. How inconvieniant for you.

We train these young people before hand but we do not trian them for the peace.

We have let this man down. We have let down his wife and potential family. The country owes this man a life but I fear he won't get it.
 

serge vrabec (278)
Monday November 12, 2007, 4:29 pm
"War itself requires no special motive but appears to be engrafted on human nature; it passes even for something noble, to which the love of glory impels men quite apart from any selfish urges. Thus among the "American savages", just as much as among those of Europe during the age of chivalry, military valor is held to be of great worth in itself, not only during war (which is natural) but in order that there should be war. Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, "War is an evil inasmuch as it produces more wicked men than it takes away." So much for the measures nature takes to lead the human race, considered as a class of animals, to her own end." -- Immanuel Kant - (1724-1804) German philosopher Source: Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, 1795

I did pray for all soldiers, alive and fallen, yesterday! Thx Cate!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 12, 2007, 4:48 pm
This breaks my heart-----------I worked at AF bases as a Federal Employee-----------what you see and hear- hurts your heart and soul------------and we only know the nth of all this as observers ---------God Bless all our veterans--alive and fallen---you have my heart--

Thank you Cate
 

Dee C (23)
Monday November 12, 2007, 5:42 pm
Noted..with sadness for these Vets..
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 5:40 am
Noted, thanks Cate
 

Elle J (276)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 9:11 am
The legislator who refused to speak with that Veteran shouldn't bother to run again for that office. His behavior is dispicable. Noted! with heartache. There are so many suicides connected with this war. Why don't we hear about them? Because this administration doesn't want it published. I am so sorry for these young people and why isn't there anyone out there to help them? To brush these young people aside is criminal. GWB, you sent them into harm's way, you do something about this.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 10:36 am
We can't wait til 2008!
Dennis in '08 - Kucinich is the true voice of the people!:
Kucinich has done this:
(1) co-sponsoring with Rep. John Conyers HR 676, a universal health plan;
(2) voting AGAINST the Patriot Act;
(3) voting AGAINST invading Iraq;
(4) promising to withdraw from the World Trade Organization and NAFTA, & standing opposed to weapons in space;
(5) voting against a flag-burning amendment;,
(6) advocating a 12-point plan to get our troops safely OUT of IRAQ;
(7) voting to cut off funds for prosecuting the Iraq war;
(8) urging the signing of the Kyoto Protocols to cut down on pollution;
(9) advocating education for all, from kindergarten through college;
(10) urging the creation of a Department of Peace,
(11) ending the phony "war on drugs”;
(12) urging renewal of the environment;
(13) sponsoring HR 333 to IMPEACH Vice President Dick Cheney; and
(14) abolishing the death penalty.
All of these positions favor the people over the wealthy and well-connected.

 

O O O (143)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 12:57 pm
I do not see anyone here catching what was siad re representive:Namely that it was an asstant that said these things,as was allowed to get awawy with makeing this decion,so the rep.most likely never knew this had occured. The rep. is not stated& NEEDS TO BE,as well as this entire eipasode happening& what it then added to& cost this vet-one of you & i,regardless of your own war postion,as the vet is who is paying for your right to even voice any opion at all on anything at anytime.
If,after that or any other person in any level of administration then take that position,one or the other,they are to be removed rom any such position,record manadatory record made permenately DIS barring any such position,includeing thos haveing any contact with childeren or teaching& yes i will go so far a baby setting,especaily for the older childeren.
Request contact with,&link to any, indivuial who can definatevely define who this Rep.& who this Rep. aid is,as they are still in their positon(s),still wrongly in power&doing hurt. Enough said,time for so do something about not only this,but all things like this.
BTW-One of the reasons that aid made of done that is too see if that person would push back & prove what they are,as there are MANY that FALSELY claim to be a vet.both in public & for vet privelges&benifits-such as they maight be,not nearly Close to what they even "should be".let alone should be bestowed upon those willing to risk-paying the largest price one can.
If you merely think you know of one of these,you need not prove it yourself-give the info& reason for doubut to "Soldier of Fortune"magizne-all staff members who are bonified,quailfiyed vets,of many countries,none usually,of whom are actualy mercenaries,many are current or former police,Diplamatic Corp..military of all ranks&MOS. One might be serprised how many of them are of the Officer Corp.or did EARN medals of High Honor-Silver Star,Medal of Honnor. Impersonation is a FELONY-Federal-no time off for good behavior-but do not worry,that type does not last wel in prison.
 

Eternal Optimist (115)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 7:11 pm
Noted. Thanks Cate
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 8:19 pm
noted .Thanks Cate.
I lived for 6 years with a Vietnam vet who suffered post traumatic stress and I can tell you first hand of the nightmares he woke from in the night and it was not pretty .
What did our country do for him .They gave him 10% disability and later took that away until I wrote one hell of a nasty letter to them and they reinstated his disability to 20% .They never treated him for post traumatic stress .
He became an alcoholic and till this day his life is troubled by the war ,,he has yet to recover.
This is what war does to people and that pri-k in the White House sends them back to Iraq 2-3 times .He couldn't give a fu-k what these men and woman go through if they have the luck to make it out alive they have the bad luck to have to live with the war in their heads.
 

O O O (143)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 9:02 pm
**Note to those of you not noticed as this gov is wont to do to you,unles you owe them!,a general officer of U.S. Army has been cashiered+ downgradded in rank permenately& the law has chnged that the U.S. mil. itseld can no longer set the level of disablity for rateings&$. The reateings are again subject to review & change,& are to be done only by the U.S. Dept.,Veterans Affairs. If they drag their feet,contact your local then state & if nessary,federal representitve(s).
Warning to Vet.'s,the 10 year or lose them rule still applies to your other benifits,though the level celings for those benifits may have changed. Do make sure when review is made,that the reviewer is useing current data. some of these changes are from this fall/2007.
 

Denise Reiser (42)
Tuesday November 13, 2007, 9:23 pm
The war /wars really affect the men/women who have to go there and do what they have to do.
I have been living with a vet from korea war. We have to sleep separately because of violent night stallions (as he calls them). The kicking and starangling wake-ups are hard to deal with when you are cripled to begin with. But we are still together and he realizes his prob. We live with it and love each other. he is a good man... just really screwed up in so many ways.
Thankyou for this segmented video. I am sorry it took me so long to actually listen to it. My Dad was also a vet on the front line as a serg. But he never talked about anything. Family movie night was watching the bombs go off as he was on the Norton Sound. When I lived in Virginia ... Williamsburg late 50's early 60's, I couldn't figure out why we were treated like royalty. We went to Washington DC every weekend, and alot of other homesites for nukes testing. Dad's been dead for years now due to brain cancer. Mom died a few years before him from cancer/lung and lymphnoid (she didn't smoke).
In my 30's I found out Dad had created (or helped in) bigger and better nuclear bombs. He did create some kind of missile that was used in the Korean war, which they were testing at that time. He was then a civilian. we were transfered to Port Hueneme Seabee base in California. I was 9 and half years old. All these same people from Indiana were there. We never lived on a base, these are people I remember being around since i was born in Indiana. They were in Williamsburg, now they're in California! Are we related Mommy? No.
Commanders, Generals and a bunch of "civilians".
Anyway, I did a Wickipedia thing on nuclear weapons and checked out the dates on all the places we were and when (including Whitesands, New Mexico).... all testing sites for his stinking weapons. I have a glum outlook on my life's destiny cancer wise as my whole family has been exposed together and most have died from it. I am so pissed off by what my dad and his buddies have done. I am disgusted with what they have done. I cannot be proud of him or his outfit.
They (the gov) don't know me from a piece of dirt. But I am sure that I am on the "list" lol. because I have not kept silent or many years!
 

Merry L (74)
Wednesday November 28, 2007, 9:10 am
Yes, another Vietnam...saddened and disgusted.
 

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 11:29 am
noted
 
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