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THE No.1 killer of combat troops returning to the US is not suicide...
06-19-2012, 11:04 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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It is car accidents, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.

Soldiers and Marines - and, to a lesser extent, sailors and airmen - learn to "drive to survive" in foreign battlegrounds. But those same driving skills do not translate well to US roads and are proving deadly for troops, myFOXhouston.com reported.

"It was complete culture shock coming from the military back to Houston," Bryan Escobedo, a former sergeant with the US Marine Corps, explained.

"For a long time, when I was driving on the highway, I always thought that there was IEDs [improvised explosive devices]. Anything that I saw on the side of the road, I'd swerve all the way. I don't know - it would just overtake me with anxiety, and I sometimes had to pull over and gather myself," Escobedo told FOX station KRIV

Escobedo survived four IED attacks overseas. But driving habits that once saved his life now are putting him at risk.

The problem is real, according to military insurer the United Services Automobile Association (USAA).

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/us-...6399149790

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06-19-2012, 11:12 PM #2
Kreeper Griobhtha
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That is a huge problem with the military. They do all that training to teach them to kill and survive in a war zone, they spend years living in that situation and then they don't get retrained to live in society. They often have trouble transitioning back to peaceful living and the military does nothing to help them.

I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind, I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon, I am the night
The night
06-20-2012, 01:01 AM #3
Accidental Stoner Member
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İmage

İmage


"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history."
That how it went..?


06-20-2012, 01:03 AM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Exactly how it goes. sad2.gif

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06-20-2012, 01:07 AM #5
Accidental Stoner Member
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Has to do with the history teacher not telling the children the truth.

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06-20-2012, 01:10 AM #6
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i can't believe people volunteer for this out of form of misplaced patriotism.
06-20-2012, 01:37 AM #7
Accidental Stoner Member
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Dude, I never understood the U.S. "defending its freedom" in
places like Vietnam, Grenada, Afghanistan...

Seems to me you don't have to be Einstein to figure out something's
not right.

06-20-2012, 02:15 AM #8
bohica Member
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When you can't get employment, the military offers training, travel, cash, and adventure.
I joined the USN in 77 because there were no jobs to be had.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
06-20-2012, 08:04 AM #9
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Me too Bohica. A job. I'm glad I did though cause I was 18 when I figured out I would never go to war except in defense of my country. Literal defense, enemy boots on Canadian soil, not the pretenses used to attack others.
06-20-2012, 08:33 AM #10
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(06-20-2012, 08:04 AM)Shadow Wrote:  .../I would never go to war except in defense of my country. Literal defense, enemy boots on Canadian soil, not the pretenses used to attack others.


Exactly what I'm talking about.

You fight to protect your homeland when/if attacked.

Everything else reeks of organized crime and imperialism.


(Still happy about my country not taking part in the Libya-swindle.
Still unhappy about Finnish soldiers/police taking part in the Iraq/
Afghanistan-even-bigger-one.
Rip our lovely blue-and-white off their uniforms!
They sure as f**k do not represent the will of their people!!
Grrr!!!)



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