Medevac crews have the dangerous job of flying into gunfights in unarmed helicopters to provide medical care to wounded troops. It’s a race against time, and it’s nothing short of astonishing. Read more
BAGRAM AIRFIELD — Pfc. Alan McAllister successfully completed assembly of his Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) last week, after initially reporting difficulty choosing where to place his 16.25”-long Tactical Tomahawk, given the litany of restrictions imposed by his leadership. Read more
For my crime of earning a Naval Flight Officer’s Wings of Gold and being selected for training as an F-14 Tomcat radar intercept officer (like “Goose” in the movie “Top Gun”) I was sent to the Navy’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape – SERE – School in Brunswick, Maine during the winter of 1984.
My fellow trainees and I stepped off the C-9 from Norfolk and were hit by a biting wind, the kind that’s normal for Maine in January. I immediately wondered why I hadn’t tried to push off SERE School until June or July. Read more
SERE school is designed to train US troops on how to survive if they are captured and tortured. Carroll, who attended SERE in 1984, particularly remembers Kipling reciting his poem “Boots” over and over again in a very haunting voice while he was detained in a small cell. Read more
The BIRDS & the B’s A B-52 drops live guided bomb units as an F-15D Eagle follows during a June training exercise. The 60-year-old aircraft will soon receive its latest upgrade. (Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal / Air Force)
At least 8,030 veterans committed suicide in 2014 due to complications associated with PTSD. According to government figures, those numbers didn’t include suicide among the active duty troops.
If something isn’t done, we can expect that number to tragically surge with the return of thousands of veterans. This is when We the People need to make some noise and after that, we need to make more.
An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide a day, (That’s one an hour!) a shocking and disturbing number. Even more alarming, this statistic does not include active-duty members, 75 of which have committed suicide between January and March of this year (2014) according to the Pentagon’s quarterly Suicide Event Report.