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war is real

unconcerned, uncompromised and unconvoluted letters from a soldier getting ready to face war for the second time. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

7:07 PM - pay it forward, sir!

There's very few times in the army when I feel years of traditions breezing down the line, all culminating on a parade field stocked with units and unit pride. to see a change of command ceremony is something beautiful, and most people will never take a mere glance at this most-honored of traditions, The pleasantrys, the guide-ons flowing in the wind.we don't get to do too many ceremonies in garrison, and the big {parade field] ceremonies are reserved for the upper chain of command. Tomorrow we lose our batallion commander, and he's been a great commander through our last tour of iraq. it'll be sad to see him go, because we always felt safe when he commanded the squadron because he knew what his mission was and always looked out for the troopers on the ground out in the firefight, he gave us everything we ever needed and the support to do our missions with success.

you can't really ask for anything more than that. if we as the low guys in the batallion know that we can trust the main man upstairs, then everything else flows much easier as the orders make their way down to the lowest level. Us at the lowest level appreciate that, and so its an honor when we can see a great Lt Colonel off to his next mission in life,

that being said, we're also waiting to see how the new guy is going to react to us, Will he make drastic changes or keep things as they are? Lots of qeustions will be asked in the coming weeks, and they have to be asnswered.

ADMIN NOTE>> if you send me an email and i feel that it could be god information regaarding PTSD, I'm going to start including those emails on a post. I want to open it up to a community of intelligent discussions. I have a few in the pipeline that I'll share in a later post. So if you've got something to say, drop me an email and I'll get it posted.

Anonymous Daniel AWOL said...

Thankyou for creating your site and sharing your perspectives. I am a veteran of the cold war, but no combat. I mostly hung out in Germany and drank beer in the early 1980's until I got into recovery and sobriety. I am currently a psychiatric nurse in a county mental health facility in Sacramento, CA. I have been recently getting treatment for PTSD(non-combat related)that may have some benefit for you and your comrades. Many times people are getting treated with SSRI's for PTSD, such as the posting of the soldier who was made a zombie on Zoloft. While this may help (or not), frequently many people with PTSD get only SSRI's which do nothing for the nightmares and etc and SSRI's alone at a normal dose are frequently producing too many side effects. There is increasing evidence that much of PTSD is the overwhelming of the brain with cortisol and that this causes near psychosis while the person is asleep. This is the likely cause of the nightmares. Currently, treatment involves using a LOW dose of an SSRI, like half or less of the SSRI, (celexa or lexapro are 1st line, prozac and zoloft are 2nd line) and combine this with a very small dose of Risperdal. Before people freak out, this is a very low dose around 0.25mg-0.5mg taken at bedtime. This will help with the nightmares and will actually potentiate the SSRI to be more effective without the sedation of the SSRI or the Risperdal. They seem to work on each other in a positive manner, the risperdal moreso than the SSRI and this seems to also avoid the side effects or both of them. Also, getting out of the situation would be extremely important to prevent further harm from PTSD events and would not be reigniting the triggers already started. But that goes without saying. My wishes for safety and wellbeing you and your comrades and a safe return stateside ASAP.
Sincerely yours,
Daniel AWOL  

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