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  • Buggy, I too would like a copy. Will pm you the info.
    G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.

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    • I'm so glad to hear you found a way to publish this. Hearing everyone else's reaction--and feeling the same way myself as what they all said--I'm sure your story will mean a lot to many, many people. What you said about the Wounded Warrior project? I'm guessing that apart from any money that you give to it, having your story to pass along to others will be a huge, meaningful contribution.

      I don't have experiences that directly relate to what you described, but I can think of people I know who do have such experiences: my dad grew up in the Depression raised by his mom after she had to take him and his two sisters away from his dad for reasons of safety. To do that back then--get a divorce and be a single mom--from what people say, was even more of a challenge than it is now.

      As a grown man, he too went looking for his dad.

      And found him.

      And got some closure...but didn't have much long term contact--I guess for some of the same sorts of reasons.

      And my amazing 80-some year old grandma-in-law used to drive (on her own) to wherever things had thawed (Tenn.? Ky?) by the end of March/early April, and camp in the pack of her pick-up truck on an air mattress, with a hobo stove. It was her thing: solo road trip and open air/basic gear camping.

      In terms of other things your story brought to mind: the Hemingway story, 'Big Two-Hearted River' (one of the Nick Adams stories). I'm not at all knowledgable about Hemingway--I like to read him, but don't know about him/his stories--but I've heard people say that story of a young man going out into the woods to camp and fish is about WW1 vets finding the kind of healing that you describe. I was thinking of some other authors' accounts of traveling and just getting by, but you mentioned one of 'em already (Steinbeck).

      Other things come to mind too, but, well, the overall thing is, your story and how you tell it is a pretty powerful thing.

      So first--thanks! For the story, and also for you service.

      But also--as much as I thank you for everything, I also say that I'm glad you came through everything.
      Last edited by Schneb; 02-10-2014, 11:32 PM.
      Been there, done that. Then been there again several times, because apparently I never learn.

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      • I have the greatest respect for our warriors, what they sacrifice for our country at the time of their service, and for many the rest of their lives. I served as a deputy sheriff for 30 years, I understand the cop part of your story. My Dad was a psychiatrist and served in WWII. He helped a lot of people in his life. I am so glad you got help for your PTSD from the VA, and even more that you found such a wonderful woman. Best of luck to you.

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        • Originally posted by KSDeputy View Post
          I have the greatest respect for our warriors, what they sacrifice for our country at the time of their service, and for many the rest of their lives. I served as a deputy sheriff for 30 years, I understand the cop part of your story. My Dad was a psychiatrist and served in WWII. He helped a lot of people in his life. I am so glad you got help for your PTSD from the VA, and even more that you found such a wonderful woman. Best of luck to you.
          Thanks Bro! 30 years? Yeah, you understand. :)

          -Buggy
          I'm not a fatalist. I'm a realist.

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          • Thanks for sharing

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            • Thank you for the story.

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              • And yes Buggy's story is a great one. I bought the book and still waiting for book 2. But I think with the fire that will be on hold for a good while. But still a great story and worth bringing back up for new members to enjoy.

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