Things Others Complain About & PTSD

The inconsequential and the really consequential....

I want to be served vs. I'm still serving.
I want to be served vs. I'm still serving. | Source

Stateside & Frontline....


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Author's Note: One of the hardest adjustments service men and women have to make when coming home from the fighting, is adjusting to listening to what they consider petty complaints they hear from other Americans, while they know that military men and women just like themselves are living constantly in harm's way. The thought occurred to juxtapose civilian complaints and frontline military complaints to try to illustrate why this can be such a hard thing to adjust to when the military personnel return home.

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That crazy @!&* driver cut me off!

Keep your head down! Did you come to fight, or die!


This soup you just served me is lukewarm!

I can't seem to get used to these MRE even after almost a year of eating the same ones.


Did you use up all the hot water, again!?

What I wouldn't give just to be able to wash up and change my underwear!


I'm getting so much email, don't some people have anything better to do?!

When are we finally going to get some mail? I feel like I'm forgotten out here!


Do we really have to go to both the viewing and the funeral!?

At least I got to salute him before they took his body away. He was a great officer.


Somebody drove their big truck over the edge of our lawn last night!

I sure don't want to be the lead vehicle in this convoy, but I wish we didn't have to eat the dust from everyone up front of us.


This bed isn't soft enough! Let's make the hotel give us another room.

I'm so dog tired that I could sleep on a bed of nails!


What would you like to drink besides this restaurant's chlorinated ice water?

I knew I was going to wish I had two canteens. It's another hot one and it's still morning.


Let's go inside. The mosquitoes are terrible tonight!

We need a break to pick off the blood suckers we picked up crossing that last stream.


Can't you tear yourself away from that ball game and help by drying the dishes!?

Remember when we were back home and used to just help our Moms with the dishes and talk?


Turn off that TV and come to bed! You know I can't sleep with that noise!

I swear the nights out here in the boonies on alert are always longer than the days.


Can't you at least pick up your dirty clothes and throw them in the laundry basket?!

At least we don't have to pick up the shell casings after every exchange of fire! Next thing you know, we'll have to, or they'll cut our defense budget again!


There go those neighbors again! Don't they ever go a day without arguing!?

It's the dead quiet that's so unnerving when we know the enemy is right out there.


How much further do we have to drive before we get home? I'm tired!

Just think, only another 11 months and we can hop a free plane ride to the States, and home!

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Author's Note: Say a prayer for the military members of our society, and consider a donaton to the USO which does such a good job of saying "The folks back home care."

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.




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hi friend 4 years ago from India

great job


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and so true. What we complain about is so petty in comparison with what a soldier has to complain about and sometimes even doesn't. Well done. Happy Memorial Day.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you very much.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Wow, this was well done. Thank you for reminding us most of our problems are small in comparison to what our brave men and women in the military put up with daily.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

For many people, if they didn't have something to complain about constantly, they would have no life at all.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

hi friend: As time goes by, fewer and fewer Americans have experienced time in military service, while more and more members of our all-volunteer forces are ordered back for multiple tours in war zones and potential war zones. It isn't peacetime, until that stops, and that probably won't happen for this generation of heroes.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: I don't think that Memorial Day can really be like a birthday, in the sense of a happy Memorial Day (though I wish you a wonderful and memory-filled day this Memorial Day.) We have a moment of silence Memorial Day (it is an official one) at 3:00 PM in what is a National Moment of Remembrance intended to put morial back in Memorial Day. It is a moment to show respect and gratitude for all who have faithfully served the call to arms and gave so much for so many.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Michele Travis; We could all thank them by any kind of donation to the USO which has done so much over the years to say "The folks back home care."


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Old Poolman: We can take a lesson from how our military deal with their problems. From what I know they often do it with sarcastic humor and satire such as "If these boots had their choice, They's be facing the other way!" Maybe we need to learn to grit our teeth a little more often, and get on with the job at hand, while offering greater love and respect to those around us.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dave Mathews: If our military personnel couldn't mumble complaints under their breath, the pressure would be intolerable...and sometimes is.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow this made me think how much I complain about everything.. we should be so grateful for what we got. others may not have what we do. Great hub

Debbie


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Deborah Brooks: We need to "cultimate and attitude of gratitude." Some Americans and others have died so we can find time to be grateful.


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Barnsey 4 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

Amen to that. Everything is so petty when you consider the alternatives. I am going to share this one if you don't mind, I'll put it on my facebook page, no better day to do so. You are the man Perspycacious.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thank you for the eye-opening reminder about the unpredictability, fear and devastating difficulty of life in the trenches. It makes complaining about the heat and humidity at home insignificant and meaningless. Great words on a day set aside to honor the proud and the brave that serve in our military.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Barnsey: Share and share a Like. It is on Public shared, but the more the merrier, and I thought it was important enough to write it for today. Thanks for the pat on the back.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Amy Becherer: Things could always be worse, couldn't they! Being where in the next instant you could lose your sight, hearing, limbs, and life, makes driving on the Interstates seem pretty tame...but if you are driving this Memorial Day weekend: Safety First!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Unless its an emergency, I stay off the roads on all the holidays where travel is rampant. I figure I'm doing those that are heading on vacation or to see family a favor with one less clogging up the works.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Ah! Complaining and fretting... I have seen my parents and they told me about there parents...

Sometimes I have nightmares that as the tradition goes.. I will die of cardiac arrest over half the complaining i receive of what my parents complained off!

I admit.. bluntly.. I do not complain... I either like.. or dislike.. but do not fret!

But I see my friends at college and their boyfriends and girlfriends.. fret and complain... and then end up irritated.. slain.. sometimes... it all seems illogical to me...

Why complaining... rather do something about it!!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rahul0324: Indian military and Pakistani military have many of the same concerns and hazards. I recall some Pakistanis helping pull free from the rubble some Indian victims of an earthquake and cheering with just as much as the Indian volunteers, firemen, and rescue workers when they pulled an 80 year old woman from the rubble several days after the quake. With that one life rescued, the irony of their joy was stark when coupled with the knowledge that both countries have plans which would kill millions in their two countries should a war ever erupt again between them. Can we not see that our joy over saving the 80 year old woman's life, must mean that we all know that even one life is precious, and war is a form of man's insanity?


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JessMcCray 4 years ago from NYC

Beautifully written and much appreciated


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Those who slow down and truly take the time to absorb the power of your message will be truly enlightened.

This is a beautiful, rich and heartfelt message. I pray that we are always kind and decent to those who have given so much for our country's safety, at such a price to personal freedoms and dignity.

Voted UP & ABI. Thank you so much.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

What a poignant comparison! A great Memorial Day lesson for us all.Vote way up


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Powerful words that need to be said over and over and over again! This plays perfectly with the poem i just wrote - which i won't shamelessly flog here..People need a drastic change of priority - and instead of wanting more - maybe spend some quality time being appreciative of what they already have, yet don't value!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

JessMcCray: Thanks for the thumbs up.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

marcoujor: I pray the same prayer. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

picklesandrufus: Also not a bad lesson for every day we see a member of our military and allies. There are great photos of them in the field and available online. Tip the hat to the USO.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ImKarn23: I am reminded of the teacher getting ready to lead the class in the Pledge of Allegiance with an Army sergeant visiting the class and sitting in a wheelchair raising a salute. The teacher is addressing the one student still seated and says something like "The sergeant here gave his legs for your privilege not to have to stand for the Pleadge of Allegiance." We are free to forget or ignore what our military endure, but we really have no business doing so.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

right so you are Demas...War is indeed a form of man's insanity... While regardless of this fact, most of us are indulging in it out posting the motive of peace. I seriously never understood how war in any form could bring peace to the world!

Like India and Pakistan, we have several other examples from the past and the present where on one hand.. a flock of men share joy in unison while the major part yearn to kill the others.. SAD


Perspycacious 4 years ago

rahul0324: I don't know how you find the time to comment on every Hub every Hubber writes. Tell us the secret, please.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I think this is so true--well-written!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AudreyHowitt: Thanks for your sabbath stop-by and comment.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

I bookmark the hubs I like Demas! I love most of the work here! I follow HP very dearly...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what a great way to present life of the military...only few really know what their lives are...great hub Demas...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rahul0324: Hoping all is well with you, as your normal chatter has died down lately and we miss you and your work.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

raciniwa: The sad part of the PTSD and returned military suicides is that the public is partly responsible! Our petty complaints add to their sense of disillusionment and turmoil. Only the military really know what their lives are like, and the military won't tell, for it would hurt recruitments.

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