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  1. skullyoneleg

    skullyoneleg New Member

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    Hooah to all my fellow Veterans! I'm wondering how many of us members of VU are also wounded warriors? If you were injured during your wartime service, and would like to share your story, I would love to hear it! I will start it off:

    I joined the Army in 2000, bct Ft. Lost in the Woods (if you were there, you get it) and AIT at APG Maryland. I was assigned to COSCOM at Ft. Bragg, 659th Maint. Co., as a 63w Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (or, as we called it, "high speed parts changers" lol!).

    I was deployed twice, first to K2 FOB Uzbekistan (OEF) and then to Seitz Annex, Baghdad Iraq (OIF). Only 4 months into my 2nd deployment, I was tasked with putting together a small convoy to retrieve some broken down HMMV's. We were targeted for attack by a solo insurgent who had daisy-chained a row of explosives under the already damaged road. Luckily he set off the remote detonation a little early, because otherwise we would have taken more casualties. As it was, myself and two of my soldiers were severely injured. This was on 09/09/2004. I spent the next two years going through 17 surgeries, my leg was amputated above the knee, and I had to relearn how to walk again using a prosthetic c-leg. I was awarded a Purple Heart and was the first female from COSCOM to receive the Combat Action Badge.

    I am no longer in the Army, though I would give anything to still be in Uniform. Now my fight is against my own PTSD, for better Veterans healthcare and supporting the Troops still serving, as well as advocating for our right to Vape! I hope if you were injured while serving in any branch of the military, whether your wounds be visible or not, that you are able to share your story here. I have learned that just telling your wartime experience has a healing effect.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, AND WELCOME HOME BROTHERS & SISTERS!
     
  2. ToxicSludge

    ToxicSludge New Member

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    Thank you for your service bro.I was shot down twice,once on each tour.The first one compressed my spine and broke my left shoulder.I was taken to the 71st evac hosp in Pleiku.No xrays,grounded for 30 days,and given two bags of dope.One was a muscle relaxer,the other was painkillers.

    That was 47 years ago,and now that I'm using the choice card,I will finally get fixed.I lost almost an inch and half on that crash,it still hurts like hell.Some assorted frag wounds from rocket attacks,( Russian 122mm).And of course,ptsd.For that,I smoke weed.I let the VA turn me into a veggie back in the early 80's with all of their meds....NO MORE for ptsd,and I told them as much more than once.And I still get my pain meds.I will not let them push me around any more.
     
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    I agree with that first statement wholeheartedly. Don't ask me why, but I miss it every day.

    I'm currently at 100% disability due to PTSD, spinal damage, IBS, and a surgically "repaired" left leg and foot. My 2.5 year wait for the VA to acknowledge my disability was hell. Especially since I had done all the doctor related leg work for them, and I had been pushed out of the Army 3 months before my 8 year mark. Now that I've made it through that ringer and found proper help, life has improved. Not perfect but certainly improved.

    The best advice I can give is talk. Many of us have seen things we can't wrap our brains around. We may never make sense of what we saw, but talking through it can be cathartic.

    Army - 2005 to 2013 - 31B/88M/92F
     
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    caihlen VU Donator Bronze Contributor

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    To all of you. Thank you for your service.
     
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    Khaleesi New Member

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    Hello brothers! I'm a former medic, medically retired 90% last year for PTSD, asthma, and IBS. I spent 15 months in Al Kut and two years in Korea. I joined in 06 and loved every minute of helping out my brothers and sisters in arms. Hope you all are doing well!
     
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    Thanks for all your help doc! You guys don't get enough credit.
     
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    Comfygirl Bronze Contributor

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    I worked in a motor pool in COSCOM at Bragg 89-92!
     
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