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    Alive Day Memories:Home from Iraq

    Don't know if this will end up being moved or not but;

    HBO has a documentary on about our Soldiers/Marines/Sailors/Airmen who were injured in Iraq and telling their story about the day they were injured and their life since then. I only caught the last 30 minutes of it and what I saw was a pretty telling story. It is really something to actually listen to what they have to say about it and what their worries and fears were and how they are handling it now. It really makes me proud to know that we have people willing to serve and do what they believe in. I am going to have find when they are showing it again to DVR this and watch the whole show.


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    Re: Alive Day Memories:Home from Iraq

    Ripvdub and I watched it. Very interesting stuff!


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    Re: Alive Day Memories:Home from Iraq

    Thanks for bringing that to our attention! I will definitely try to track that down and watch it.



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    Re: Alive Day Memories:Home from Iraq

    I hope it is a positive show. Just endured yet another Veterans' Day NPR all day broadcast portraying OIF Veterans as unemployed, homeless, suicidal, criminal thugs. Unfortunately, we are having bad weather here, so I am forced to listen to NPR on AFN in order to get weather alerts.


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    Re: Alive Day Memories:Home from Iraq

    From what I saw the Soldiers/Marines had a good outlook considering what they went through. There was some talk of PTSD and having a hard time fitting in with the civilian job world, etc. But it did not seem to be a biased Documentary to me just letting them say what they had to say. Although I cannot speak for the first half of the show.


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    Re: Alive Day Memories:Home from Iraq

    Now, there is something to the "not fitting in with the civilian job world" thing. There are two dynamics I've identified. First, in the military, it doesn't matter if you're experienced, or are properly trained; If you're given the job, you figure it out and get it done. Civilian employers want you to have been trained and have 20 years experience before they appear to want to assign you a task.

    The second dynamic is less positive toward soldiers. Frankly, soldiers don't get paid to "work". And it is a wakeup call, when you leave the military, and you find that compared to your civilian peers, you are one lazy SOB. Typical soldier gets time off for personal business during work hours, and while some training and PT are pretty physical, mainly your job consists of sitting around, doing nothing.

    But there is that whole "physical danger" thing.


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