Coming Home!

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    Since I have all the Vet's attentions, I would like to say a huge thank you to the older guys. You fought a bunch of tough wars, and didnt always get the thanks you deserve. Todays wars are not popular, but the Service Members are supported, atleast that is what the media says they are doing. You guys are Heros. Thank you.

    To those guys with me over here right now thinking "what about me?" Stop whinning for attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoMonkey View Post
    Thanks to modern convenience, I have talked with my wife nearly every night.
    I still find that amazing. When I was in you could call from overseas, at ridiculous rates, or hopefully go through Ham Radio operators which made for some interesting (and not very private) conversations. I think I envy you guys for the ability to "see" your families while deployed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoMonkey View Post
    Since I have all the Vet's attentions, I would like to say a huge thank you to the older guys. You fought a bunch of tough wars, and didnt always get the thanks you deserve. Todays wars are not popular, but the Service Members are supported, atleast that is what the media says they are doing. You guys are Heros. Thank you.

    To those guys with me over here right now thinking "what about me?" Stop whinning for attention.
    +10000000000 You guys cant be thanked enough
    Please take my posts with a grain of salt. I am frequently sleep deprived and always just on this side of "Krazy".

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    Thank you very much for your service, have a safe trip home and good luck to you sir.
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    Last time I just went back with the mindset of no matter what happens I'm back in the States amongst real people that bathe everyday and eat pork. When the wife would start to do something that would aggravate me I would just remind myself that I could be back in U4 manning the 240 in the turret and that changed my mindset quick. I went home on R&R for our daughters birth and then didn't see her for another 4 months. She adjusted alright. When they are that small I think it doesn't effect them as much. I had problems with crowded areas for about 2-3 months but it slowly went away. I am worried about going back this time and my daughter not wanting anything to do with me. I only had 7 months back with them and I deployed again in Feb. so we'll see how it plays out. I go on leave the end of this month so wish me luck.

    On another note - There was certain times that I sort-of missed the thrill of the ride on the roads over here. It's just something about it that's hard to explain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    Last time I just went back with the mindset of no matter what happens I'm back in the States amongst real people that bathe everyday and eat pork.
    Is that mandatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    There was certain times that I sort-of missed the thrill of the ride on the roads over here. It's just something about it that's hard to explain.
    I know what you mean.
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    Is that mandatory?
    I was referring to the Afghans. You know how they smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    Is that mandatory?
    I was referring to the Afghans. You know how they smell.
    Yep...I spent the better part of my day working with Afghans...ANA Air Corps...in closed rooms filled with smoke...
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    Take some time to "decompress." One of the biggest problems with returning from a combat zone, especially since Vietnam, is that one day you can be getting shot at and shooting back, and 24 hours later, you're home. No decompression time. I realize that returning Vets from the Middle East are debriefed a lot better than those of us who returned from SEA, but it's still a big cultural and emotional change to go through.

    You may go through some guilt feelings because you survived and people you knew did not. There's also a certain adrenalin rush that you'll miss.

    Getting back to the BS of stateside duty will be a challenge. In a combat zone, you'll have more responsibility at 19 or 20 than most people will for the rest of their lives. Stateside, it's being strack and obeying all the rules and regs.

    Just know that you have the respect and gratitude of a lot of people in this country.

    Welcome home and thank you for your service.
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    First: Hope your trip home goes smoothly for you. Nothing like the stress of getting stuck somewhere for longer than you thought you'd be there when you're anticipating the return home. No matter how laid back the transition location might be, it still suxxor having to wait for that last plane ride outta SWA.

    Second: What everyone else has already said! I've been Deployed to The Desert 11 times in my nearly 19 years in the USAF. The longest I've been gone was 129 days, but I was gone almost two and a half years out of a six year span of time over the course of 7 Deployments. It's rough making the adjustment, but just remember that while your family and friends may not have been dodging mortars, rockets and bullets, they didn't exactly have it stress-free, either. Tell your wife - and anyone who helped her - THANK YOU for what she - and they - did while you were gone. My wife has been an incredible trooper in our marriage, shouldering quite a bit of the burden w/our children, bills and pets.

    Third: If you can't reconcile anger or anxiety issues, go see the Chaplain or any sort of Mental Health folks that the Army has on-hand. That's they're job, after all - to get you dealing w/your feelings and getting your center back. You'll never be the exact same fella you were before you left, but you can still be you. The transition ain't easy, but only you can make the necessary changes in mental status to find that center again.

    Fourth: Thank you for your Service and the sacrifices that it entails.

    Fifth: Don't over do it - with booze, over-eating or feeling you have to do everything around the house to help make up for your time away. Upon my return from one of the Redeployment's, I went to every damned fast food place and restaurant that I'd had a craving for - and places I didn't have cravings, but wanted to stop and eat at anyone. I'd done a great job of dropping almost 40lbs while gone - and ended up putting 30lbs back on in about a month. Yeah, I'm an idiot....

    You can overdo the sex thing, tho. That's an alright.

    I realize you aren't back yet, but welcome home, regardless!

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    Patiences and communication as it's been said here. It's been awhile since my time over there. Don't be afraid to talk about it, but the one thing you need to do is not make it the only conversation piece in your conversations, set aside a time to speak about your experiences, fears, good times. There is help from the military on that side of it, take advantage of it, the support system is in place, use it if you need it, don't let pride stand in the way.'
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    Thank you for your service. God bless and have a safe trip home.
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    Welcome back and thank you for serving.

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    I just want to thank you for your service, from me and my family.

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    Dont forget to thank her for being the Cav at home while you were away.
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