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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 8:14 a.m. MDT

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

ShellShock? Here are some pills. Wondering why this is happening, sounds like it directly corresponds with our 2 wars in the middle east.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Gee-whiz!
This is a no brainer....

Serving your country today in the U.S. Military means what?

- Leaving your family and friends 8 out of the last 12 years to live in some tent the Middle East,
- Gee, I'm never home - so my wife cheats on me and leaves me for someone else,
- Never being able to buy a house,
- Never being able to get a decent Middle Income job,
- Never getting hired because of the Social Stigma -- [i.e., keep me free, but Military personel are a bunch of sorry losers].

At least after the Patriotic War [WWII] - American Industry hired veterans.
Today - there is no escape to a better life except through a bottle or pills.

Republicans love wars, and then spit on those who fight them.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The administrations, Bush and Obama, have tasked our men and women in the active and reserve military more than any other Presidents. They have cut back on the active duty so much that the reserve and guard personnel have deployed more and done their duty 5-fold. With the long military contracts, that means families suffer while the father and mother are gone to war.

The military supports alcohol at happy hours and even formal functions that everyone is required to attend. The pressure is on those military members to be accepted so they drink and even smoke cigars to blend in. I remember Army basic training for Vietnam and how many of the 17 - 19 year olds started smoking. Was it social pressure or was it the mandatory smoke breaks and then picking up cigarette butts in the barrack general area.

Cigaretts were 20 cents a pack so people got addicted to the cheap cigarettes handed out by Sergeant Bilko cigarette companies.

Drugs from cigarettes, pills, illegal drugs, alcohol and other forms of entertainment when in a combat role has been accepted by the military in the past 50 years with golden flow to try stopping or curtailing drugs.

AZnewser
Snowflake, AZ

As a veteran, I find LDS liberals characterizations demeening and frankly wrong. The veterans I know excell in most aspects of their life. I consider that the military prepared me for future challenges and recommend a tour of duty to all young Americans.

JWB: There is plenty of alcohol abuse in the military as well as elsewhere, but I was never pressured to drink. As a health care provider, I spend considerable funds helping military members kick their smoking and other poor health habits.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

AZnewser
Snowflake, AZ
As a veteran, I find LDS liberals characterizations demeening and frankly wrong. The veterans I know excell in most aspects of their life. I consider that the military prepared me for future challenges and recommend a tour of duty to all young Americans.

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As a veteran, I saw more lives shattered than lost.
The veterans I know, would never sign-up for another war for Oil.

I'm thankful to have worn my countries uniform for defense of the Constitution,
I'm ashamed to have worn it for WallStreet, Bankers, and Oil magnates.

You ever hear of the murderous Gadiantons?
He killed for gain?
Ya - that's who I'm talking about.

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