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Old 10-06-2008, 07:16 AM #1
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WIA thread

Nobody has posted one up, and I know we're on here. We see the death toll in the news all the time, but what people rarely hear about is the roughly 70,000 troops who've been wounded in action and the scars left behind.

So if you've been wounded in action in Iraq of Afghanistan, go ahead and post up your story.



I was wounded on Christmas day of 03 near Balad (the city, not the base) while escorting our company commander. The commander wanted to drive around to the different platoons that were scattered throughout the sunni triangle area on a little moral raising trip. His driver was dressed up as Santa and gave out "gifts" to the different platoons. Obviously with the insurgency loving to hit us extra hard on holidays and seeing that 95% of forces in Iraq had the day off making us one of the few vehicles on the road, we knew we'd see some action.

We drove from FOB Eagle (in balad) to Samarra east airfield, to FOB Mountaineer in Tikrit, back down to Taji airfield, and back up to FOB Lion outside the south gate of Balad Air base. If you've been to Iraq, you know how long of a ride that is. Took us about 7 hours.

Along the way, we took 2 IED's that didn't do much besides break a couple windows, and sporadic RPG and small arms fire, but nothing major. After our last stop of the day and while we were heading home, we rolled past 3 155mm rounds wired together and buried in the median. I was on the .50 and when the IED went off, the 5 ton LMTV we were using was flipped onto it's side at about 50 mph. Aside from superficial wounds to the arm and face from the actual blast, my side hit the turret ring about kidney high when the truck hit its side. Then I fell out at while the truck was moving and slide to a stop on the road. Luckily I still had my sidearm (I was a medic) and was quickly picked up by one of our other vehicles.

Unfortunately, while the blast wounds healed quickly, I ended up with 4 ****ed up discs in my back. To this day, almost 5 years later, I'm still suffering from my injuries. At one point I was on 240 miligrams of morphine, 15+ vicodin, and valium to sleep, every day. And only vets know what it's like dealing with the VA to get surgery .

On the bright side, I got 50% medical retirement, and 80% disability compensation from the VA. Couple that with the GI bill and the college bonus I got when I enlisted, and I get paid a hefty sum to get my edumacation.



I know there's more stories like mine out there, so post them up. Who knows, maybe I was the medic that treated you or you'll be familiar with other peoples stories.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:06 PM #2
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I took a ricochet to the *** in Ramadi


They told me it was a million dollar wound but the Army must keep that money because I havent seen a dime
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:47 PM #3
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I took a ricochet to the *** in Ramadi


They told me it was a million dollar wound but the Army must keep that money because I haven't seen a dime
LOL.

My friends million dollar wound was he got calf torn by an RPG fin, and the thing itself exploded against a burm a ways off harmlessly.

And another friend was blown up twice in the same day. He got blown up, and he was the only survivor in his humvee, then the stryker he was in taking him back to base was blown up and lost a guy. He was the NCO and the men who died were under him, and he feels responsible.

Hes..not right anymore. Its so sad..

I hope you and whoever else tell their stories are as okay as possible.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:04 PM #4
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I took a ricochet to the *** in Ramadi


They told me it was a million dollar wound but the Army must keep that money because I havent seen a dime
one of our Sgt's took a shot in the *** he's a Millionaire but for a different reason

I was WIA not a huge story but yep

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photo of the medal and award.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:30 PM #5
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:29 AM #6
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No stories? Come on, its a flippin past time to tell war stories, let's hear some background.
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while it is a past time it's not always a fond one.....

I would claim PTSD and all that stuff but it'd prevent me from getting a job as a cop....
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I Don't want my purple heart, i feel like ****.. I got a scar and my friends are missing legs
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:46 PM #9
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eh, I suppose. I guess I'm weird, but in 4 years I haven't had any problems with PTSD, and I was a combat medic. They sent me one time to a psychiatrist as like a "check up", and that only lasted about 10 minutes.

If anything I get more pissed off at the way veterans are treated back here at home. Why is it that one person can deploy to qatar in the air force and load planes for 90 days, and get the same "credit" and benefits as somebody who went and actually fought the enemy in the dirt for years on end? I realize the air force has a job to do, and I'm not bagging on them specifically, more on society for failing to recognize combat veterans. I guess we'll just have to live with it.
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I have 2 sets of medals. 1 w/ and 1 w/out. 99.999% of the time I don't ware the PH.

I was in an inspection for the ball and the Plt CO and Plt Sgt were inspecting me and said I needed to fix my medals and I told them I had another set on the way and my Plt Sgt looked at me and said "With your Purple Heart?" and I said "No Ssgt" and the Plt CO looked at me and said "So you really didn't want it huh"

I personally don't think you should get one for a concussion like a lot of people are but who am I to say anything about that. But if they start giving them out for PTSD it'll be the end of that award and it'll be just another medal to go on your stack along with the OIF Campaign or GWOT Ex. medals. SO ****ING stupid that the Marine Corps was/is thinking about doing that

What I also go off of in every day life is that civilians are ignorant to the military. They know what it is and can tell some one is in it by the uniform since we look nothing like a cop or security guard. but beyond that they can't really tell unless they've been touched personally by it.

IE when I was on recruiting asst. after I got home A TON of people would ask how was the Army or something to do with the Army. Now Marines really dislike that but learn to accept it and move on. While our uniforms look nothing alike and we don't ware cammies in public like the Army does so often it still happens. I simply correct them and move on. I get called a PFC or Pvt a lot b/c I don't have 3 stripes. when in fact I am a Lcpl I have 1 stripe like a PFC but I have crossed rifles under it making me another rank. If you don't personally know a Marine or the Marine Corps I can see why I get called that.

To go along with all that the PH isn't as revered by the public as it is in the military. We know the true deep meaning behind it and the public in large doesn't. last story for now when I was on RA (same time) I had my PH pinned on me and I went in to the Army's office to get a print out since our printers were down. One of their SNCO's were talking to me and I asked me how long I've been in and I said 2 years and was only 19 at the time. He looked at me and said "Holy **** son you've been in for 2 years and already have 7 ribbons?! and to top it off a Purple Heart" and I just replied "Yes MSgt" and we left it at that. So it's totally different inside the military then outside. I've only had ONE civilian w/no contact say wow to my "stack" for being how young I was, and he called me a PFC also....
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Old 10-10-2008, 03:31 AM #11
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Same thing here, lol. Even in the service, it's different between combat branches and support branches. I live near an air force base (as stated earlier all my family is in the air force). When a buddy of mine who is active duty air force was at my house and saw a display case my family got me with my stack and badges, he dogged me for "only" having 7 when he had 12. I asked him what his were for and he proceeded to give me the "this ones for training at such and such a place, and this ones for being in kuwait during the invasion, and this ones for passing this inspection."

Shut him up a little bit when I started explaining mine. "This ones for being wounded in combat, this one is called the bronze star, ever heard of it? got that for treating 28 combat casualties under fire . . ."

Like I said earlier, there needs to be some way to differentiate between actual combat veterans and "normal" veterans. I think we've earned the distinction. But that's in a perfect world and will never happen. The public doesn't want to learn. Then again, if you're doing it for public recognition, I guess youre wrong to begin with, lol.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:27 PM #12
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well the idea behind that is the CAR in the Navy/Marine Corps and the CAB and the other form of it in the army but when you can get that for being mortared one time it is kind of gay.
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