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Going Back To War.....Again.

Updated on August 29, 2014

Last night, my husband and I were watching "The Colbert Report". Both he and I are Marines, and have been to deployed to Iraq. Some Marines who go to Iraq only stay on base, never going outside of the wire and see no action. This usually depends on their job and their unit. My husband I both saw more action in Iraq than most Marines, always going outside of the wire.

My husband is an artillery Marine, and I am a motor transport operator (combat driver who drives 7-ton). I was severely injured during my last few weeks in Iraq. I lost a gall bladder, appendix, an ovary, a Fallopian tube, and lost 5 feet of intestines. It was during a sandstorm, and the improvised explosive device, IED, was buried in 4 feet of sand. I don't even remember the event, I just remember flashes of what I think that happened.

The blast also gave me a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, so now I have chronic migraines and seizures. I have nightmares about the blast, it killed my friend who was in the truck. I was told it was not my fault, I couldn't have known. A person was on a bridge close by when he detonated the IED by using a cell phone; though, that doesn't make the nightmares go away. There is no way the Marines would ever send me back, but with military luck, that means I really am going Iraq.

So while we were in bed, we saw how the new terrorist organization "ISIS" is so extreme, the Taliban and Al Queda think they are too extreme. The Taliban were the ones who planted the IED which injured me. When we heard how extreme they were, my husband and I shared a worried glance. Colbert reported that ISIS is the WORLD's richest terrorist organization, they are worth 2.5 billion dollars.

The United States will send 275 Marines to the region. The United States Marine Corps is actually not a branch of the military, we are a department of the Navy. The special thing about the Marines is the President of the United States can deploy as many Marines as he wants, to where ever he wants, and he does not need the Senate's approval. That is why the Marines are called "The Presidents Own".

When Paul and I heard that only 275 Marines, which is the size of a company (4 platoons). At the same time in unison, we said "suicide mission". 275 Marines can accomplish a lot (a lot more than other branches), but this amount is irresponsible. There will be high casualties if they carry this out.

I looked over to Paul and said "I want to go". It's hard to explain, but Marines like action, even if there will be high casualties. It's just the way we are trained. In our training,one of our cadences are "One shot, one kill. Ready to die, but never will". Paul chided me and said "You have seizures and almost died last time. You paid your price already. They won't let you go. Plus, I doubt that they will takes females on this. We already earned our stripes, let some boot earn his. If worst comes to worst, I will go again".

Seeing all the cities in Iraq that the Marines cleared of terrorists, like Fallujah, being taken over by ISIS, is demoralizing. What did all my friends die for? What is the point? I don't know.

When our 8-year daughter asks why mommy and daddy went to war, we always reply "So you won't have to". I don't know if that is true anymore.


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      Michael Achilles 

      4 years ago

      One thing that may help with an over-all understanding of global terrorism worldwide is a "magazine" issued by the US DOS called country codes and it is/was issued out of the Office of The Co-Ordinator for Counterterrorism. It was Cofer Black a few years back, not sure who it is at present, but it is very insightful in both the classified and non-classified versions as to which countries are on the "list" and why as well as how these Tangos' are funded and their 'off the radar" accomplishments recorded.....It gives just enough global awarness so that the "informed" do not become too angry by watching a media driven "Call to arms...again." Stay safe. Stay Strong. God Bless!

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      4 years ago

      Hello Alli Rose,

      Sincerity through out your article revealing determination seems stronger than you yourself. If happen or when happen, my prayer is that all the angels assigned to you by the loving Master of the Universe may protect you and keep you safe, saved..

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Kalyanaraman Raman 

      4 years ago from NOIDA

      I have voted your story awesome. You truly are. So is your husband. You two are real heroes. It is an honour knowing you. What you told your daughter brought tears to my eyes. I don't like wars per se. But we all have to fight our own wars in our individual and collective lives. You and your husband have given me cause for hope. I salute both of you. Your husband was right. Please give it a break. Let others take over. I am sure you have already inspired any number of young men and women. You must continue writing. I have started following you and look forward to reading all your writings. Take care, my friend.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      4 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      The dedication marines like you and your husband display is a real inspiration for the rest of us. Thank you.

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      4 years ago from Italy

      Thanx for sharing your personel experiences as a Marine in Iraq. It reads so different than the news coming over the media! It would be sad indeed if nothing stable came out from all these sacrifices...

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      4 years ago

      You're a brave soul, that's for sure, but honestly, if I were you, I wouldn't want to go back. But I'm a big chicken...

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      4 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for following me but mostly than you for your service. You and your husband are what make this great country GREAT!

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      Scott A McCray 

      4 years ago

      Thank you both for your service. (and thank you for sharing your story).

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      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you both for the kind words. I'm going to read your hubs next. So excited!

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      4 years ago from Ireland

      A beautiful story. Enlightening, honest and a pleasure to read.

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      Graham Lee 

      4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Alli. A revealing and heartfelt hub. You and your husband have certainly earned the respect of many. You in particular have paid your dues. In my 70 years, I have learned that we need to stand up and be counted it's the only way. Well done to you both!



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