Saturday, December 29, 2007

Something a friend sent me

How to Prepare for a Deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan
1. Sleep on a cot in the garage.
2. Replace the garage door with a curtain.
3. Six hours after you go to sleep, have your wife or girlfriend whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes and mumble, "Sorry, wrong cot."
4. Renovate your bathroom. Hang a green plastic sheet down from the middle of your bathtub and move the showerhead down to chest level. Keep four inches of soapy cold water on the floor. Stop cleaning the toilet and pee everywhere but in the toilet itself. Leave two to three sheets of toilet paper. Or for best effect, remove it altogether. For a more realistic deployed bathroom experience, stop using your bathroom and use a neighbor's. Choose a neighbor who lives at least a quarter mile away.
5. When you take showers, wear flip-flops and keep the lights off.
6. Every time there is a thunderstorm, go sit in a wobbly rocking chair and dump dirt on your head.
7. Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it on "HIGH" for that tactical generator smell.
8. Don't watch TV except for movies in the middle of the night. Have your family vote on which movie to watch and then show a different one.
9. Leave a lawnmower running in your living room 24 hours a day for proper noise level.
10. Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
11. Once a week, blow compressed air up through your chimney making sure the wind carries the soot across and on to your neighbor's house. Laugh at him when he curses you.
12. Buy a trash compactor and only use it once a week. Store up garbage in the other side of your bathtub.
13. Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a saltine cracker.
14. Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your food cabinets or refrigerator. Then serve some kind of meat in an unidentifiable sauce poured over noodles. Do this for every meal.
15. Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed and get to the shower as fast as you can. Simulate there is no hot water by running out into your yard and breaking out the garden hose.
16. Once a month, take every major appliance completely apart and put it back together again.
17. Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for five or six hours before drinking.
18. Invite at least 185 people you don't really like because of their strange hygiene habits to come and visit for a couple of months. Exchange clothes with them.
19. Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.
20. Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills of your front and back doors so that you either trip over the threshold or hit your head on the sill every time you pass through one of them.
21. Keep a roll of toilet paper on your night stand and bring it to the bathroom with you. And bring your gun and a flashlight.
22. Go to the bathroom when you just have to pass gas, "just in case." Every time.
23. Announce to your family that they have mail, have them report to you as you stand outside your open garage door after supper and then say, "Sorry, it's for the other Smith."
24. Wash only 15 items of laundry per week. Roll up the semi-wet clean clothes in a ball. Place them in a cloth sack in the corner of the garage where the cat pees. After a week, unroll them and without ironing or removing the mildew, proudly wear them to professional meetings and family gatherings. Pretend you don't know what you look or smell like. Enthusiastically repeat the process for another week.
25. Go to the worst crime-infested place you can find, go heavily armed, wearing a flak jacket and a Kevlar helmet. Set up shop in a tent in a vacant lot. Announce to the residents that you are there to help them.
26. Eat a single M&M every Sunday and convince yourself it's for Malaria.
27. Demand each family member be limited to 10 minutes per week for a morale phone call. Enforce this with your teenage daughter.
28. Shoot a few bullet holes in the walls of your home for proper ambiance.
29. Sandbag the floor of your car to protect from mine blasts and fragmentation.
30. While traveling down roads in your car, stop at each overpass and culvert and inspect them for remotely detonated explosives before proceeding.
31. Fire off 50 cherry bombs simultaneously in your driveway at 3:00 a.m. When startled neighbors appear, tell them all is well, you are just registering mortars. Tell them plastic will make an acceptable substitute for their shattered windows.
32. Drink your milk and sodas warm.
33. Spread gravel throughout your house and yard.
34. Make your children clear their Super Soakers in a clearing barrel you placed outside the front door before they come in.
35. Make your family dig a survivability position with overhead cover in the backyard. Complain that the 4x4s are not 8 inches on center and make them rebuild it.
36. Continuously ask your spouse to allow you to go buy an M-Gator.
37. When your 5-year-old asks for a stick of gum, have him find the exact stick and flavor he wants on the Internet and print out the web page. Type up a Form 9 and staple the web page to the back. Submit the paperwork to your spouse for processing. After two weeks, give your son the gum.
38. Announce to your family that the dog is a vector for disease and shoot it. Throw the dog in a burn pit you dug in your neighbor's back yard.
39. Wait for the coldest/ hottest day of the year and announce to your family that there will be no heat/air conditioning that day so you can perform much needed maintenance on the heater/ air conditioner. Tell them you are doing this so they won't get cold/ hot.
40. Just when you think you're ready to resume a normal life, order yourself to repeat this process for another six months to simulate the next deployment you've been ordered to support.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Merry Christmas From Florida!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


I have spoken at a couple High Schools one in Orlando, Florida and one in Portland, Oregon and have been by two different colleges to speak about my experiences with war. If anyone else is interested in having me speak about what I have seen and done (just as all of you read about it on my blog) I would love to know and hear about it. If things work out I will attend...

My email can be found on the Right hand side of my blog, or simply by emailing me at for those interested.

Take care,

Zachary Scott-Singley

Sunday, November 04, 2007


I monitor my personal stress by my reaction to people and events. As my stress level increases so do my responses to that stress. Things which especially set me off stem from my experience with combat in Iraq. When I am in a crowd I find myself stressed out and begin the almost automatic scanning procedures, locating avenues of possible attack (in the military these are called avenues of approach), escape routes, and looking for danger constantly by using a pattern of eye movements so as not to miss a possible avenue of approach.

Within a minute or so (depending on my stress level) I will have realized what I am doing and will begin to ramp down my stress level and response by thinking logically about the situation. I am not in Iraq, these people are not potential attackers and I am ok. I usually find a reason to leave when that technique doesn't work, and at those times when leaving is not an option (like at a busy restaurant after you order food but you haven't' paid yet) I usually get very irritable with my wife and kids which isn't fair to them.

These techniques are not the best methods but I live with them, what can I say, I am a product of this war now and must live with the lasting effects...

Monday, October 29, 2007

My Movie Idea

Let’s go into the future ok? I’ll go and get my time lazor and shoot you into 2035, it’ll be awesome!

Ok, stand there by that tree while I arm the time lazor with time bullets. Here we go!!!


Ok, now I’ll shoot myself into the future with my time lazor, I use my last time bullet and Kapow! I am in the future as well.

Wow this is awesome. Everyone here has hypercolor shirts and wears slap bracelets just like when I was growing up in the 80’s. Cool, 2035 is like 1985 but radder!

Look over there! They cloned unicorns with wings and use them as transportation instead of cars.

Let’s go ride ours over that rainbow off into the universe!

The end.

This would be my movie if I were a director…

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Personality Test

Personality Test

Zachary Scott-Singley

In my time I have taken many personality tests, but none affected me as much as the one I took when trying to become a police officer in 2006. I passed of course and was asked to interview, but by that time (it took almost 4 months to respond to my test) I had already taken another job which was my first choice to begin with) where I currently work. I also took a personality test for this paper and was not surprised by my results. Through my constant writings I have become fairly aware of how I operate and so my results from the Personality Test were not incredible or surprising to me. In the test I was rated as:

Openness to Experience/Intellect- You are relatively open to new experiences. (Your percentile: 76) Conscientiousness- You are well organized, and are reliable. (Your percentile: 69) Extraversion- You are extremely outgoing, social, and energetic. (Your percentile: 96) Agreeableness- You find it easy to express irritation with others. (Your percentile: 38) Neuroticism- You probably remain calm, even in tense situations. (Your percentile: 9)

That was mostly for your sake, but for mine I would like to discuss my police personality test I took for the Portland Oregon police force. It was both an intelligence test as well as a personality test and for me the questions (which were often re-stated in different ways) were much more interesting than the hundredth intelligence test I had taken… I found it interesting (and often wondered what it said about me) when they would ask on the form what you like (colors for instance) or questions like, “Do rainy days make you feel sad? Yes or no?” These questions which probably were placed in to measure your emotional stability were very interesting to me and I found myself thinking as I took the test that I would very much like to have been able to see the police’s assessment of my personality. They called me back for an interview, so I must have been fairly stable (or perhaps just the right amount of unstable for the job) and were very disappointed when I told them that I had taken a job with someone else.

The one question which I found alarming though was the one asking if I had killed anyone. It was probably in the test to see if they could weed out potential felons from the police but I was probably the only one out of the one hundred or so of us who had to answer yes that day. I had killed someone, many someones in fact. We were not to get up for any reason during this test, but I raised my hand and when an attractive young police woman came to ask me if I needed help I asked her if I would be disqualified for answering yes to that question. I explained that my platoon and I had been responsible for over 190 confirmed kills based on our intelligence and that I had shot people as well while deployed in Iraq. She had grown pale as I told her this, but she answered that she was not quite sure; according to what she knew as long as it stated I was a combat veteran (which I did) on my test that it would simply be covered if and when they decided to interview me.

It has always been hard for me to answer that question. Many times (especially when I tell teenagers, who seem to be the only ones uncouth enough to ask) when I explain that I have been to Iraq (twice) people ask me if I had to kill anyone. They ask with the morbid fascination of one who hates the idea of it but who still wants to know every sick and twisted detail. I have gotten good at answering this question. I look them dead in the eyes and tell them, “Yes, I have killed. I killed over 190 people.” I continue to look at them almost daring them to judge my stone cold face as I state the large number. They are always the first to look away. After that the questions are focused elsewhere and life goes on…

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


So, I am pretty pleased to let all of you know that I was recently published again (along with some other amazing military writers) in a BOOK by the people who make the Doonesbury comics.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Chevelle Experience

Snaking out of the shadows we swerved into the lane intended for the final destination. The House of Blues. We were here to see the rock concert Chevelle. It was amazing. I had not been to a rock concert since high school and I was floored. The crowd developed into a single entity as we screamed, danced, and pressed into one another along with the rhythm of the music. Behind me people were ripping off their shirts and slamming into each other in collisions which exploded with sweat. Nobody was angry however, and when I looked at those slamming into one another, they were smiling. The minute someone fell on the ground two or three people were there picking the person up so they could continue rocking out.

As the evening continued I found myself drawn into the frenzy of excitement as the band everyone had been waiting for began their first set. It was amazing just how close everyone was and how I no longer had my individually, but rather, I was a part of the entity that was the crowd. We were like the ocean, swaying and rocking against one another with huge smiles and sharing sweat as we pumped our hands in the air to the beat of the music.

It became hard to think for one’s self as the energy of the crowd intensified with the next couple of songs, and as the crowd’s crescendo of rocking continued you became one with the show. The beat of the music and the thrashing guitar became your heartbeat for a couple of hours as you began to push and touch those around you for balance with the crashing of bodies in the pit right behind you knocking off your center of gravity.

I was enamored and enthralled by the music and those around me enjoying the music. For my first true, hard rock concert I was instantly hooked. I need more of this… I was amazed to find that we as a society need this level of intimacy, even with strangers like those at the show. It created for me an experience which will be hard to duplicate and one which I long for even now at 2 am as I write this mere hours after the music ended.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Like so much sand a Best Friendsip is gone

One occasion does comes to mind with regards to devastating my ego. It is my best friend. I had given him my address for when I was to be at war in Iraq. He promised to write. He was one of the few I confided in regarding just how scared I was to be going. You see, I was going to Kuwait during this first deployment of mine to Iraq mere weeks before what was to begin what we call “The War in Iraq.” I didn’t have and fancy ideas about us not invading Iraq; I knew it was inevitable in our political climate. So when I told him I was going to Kuwait I knew that I was really going to be one of the first ground troops to invade Iraq since Operation Desert Storm.

I was scared, nervous, and excited for combat. He knew all these things because I had said as much to him. He was my very best friend, why wouldn’t I. One other thing I told him was that I wouldn’t be able to make any phone calls, but letters would help me get through it all. He made a solemn promise to write me every few weeks, just so that I would get mail. My wife and kids of course would write as well (and did) but he was one of the few males I would call friends, and of those he was my best friend. Months of combat went by with no letters from him. Through the combat and death I almost forgot him.

It wasn’t until I returned that it hit me, just how devastated my ego was that I had not received a single correspondence from my very best friend. Even old acquaintances I had thought forgotten had found a way to write me while I was in Iraq and yet, he had not. It hurt me very much and for a long time I refused to call him. When we finally talked he told me he just didn’t think about it and that it wasn’t a big deal. This again was a huge ego buster, that my best friend didn’t think it was a big deal? Maybe for him it wasn’t but for me it was huge, and it made me realize something I had known for quite a while but had never admitted. He was selfish and one of the main reasons he had needed me as a friend during high school, was that he was so introverted and self conscious while I was not. He relied on me for social interaction as much as I relied on him for camaraderie. Lost was that connection we once had as best friends. In its place was more of a common acceptance of each other on good will that, like the miles which kept us apart, created fleeting memories of better times. We were best friends once, yet now we are more friendly acquaintances who happen to remember a phone call every now and again.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

My Vacation in Wyoming


Here are some pics of my Grandfather, my neice, my wife, and my kids while we were on vacation in Wyoming.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New House

Originally uploaded by nevadog
This is our new house

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ultimate Showdown

This is the ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN of all superheros and everything cool! It is worth watching (especially if you are a nerd as I am).

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A Soldier at Heart

I am a soldier still at heart, I may not look it any longer but I will never forget those I served with. Here is me a year after being honorably discharged (well it was a year on 30 April 2007).

Take care,

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

What do you think of my beard?

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Pics with Tara's new camera on Mother's day

Here is my Ferret, her name is Firefly

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

War's Song

Calls of the War March can be heard,
As insects of humanity scurry under foot in the sweltering heat.
In the end the credits roll as the War Machine's Orchestra
Plays that old song it knows so well.

Friday, May 04, 2007

What the Hell does this mean?

This comment was left anonymously on my blog post titled Manifest Destiny, I can't figure out what exactly it means...

Manifest Destiny dictates a white-man’s prophecy - White-man’s world, white-man’s Apocolypse

Austrian Sigmund Freud is known as the father of psychoanalysis, yet people have (mental) health problems because of their disfavor, illustrating the preditory purpose of this discipline, this individual.
These people.
Of course Hitler was Austrian. Glock, maker of the semi-automatic gun favored by black street gangs such as the Bloods and the Crips, is Austrian.
RedBull Energy drink, Buwdeiser both Austrian.

The Holocaust was foreshadowing, yet another example of the Jews sacrificing to help the disfavored::::
1. 1492 exodus from Spain. Spain became evil - financed Columbus, initiated missionaries, USA (dumping ground of disfavored victimized by god), etc.
2. Spread throughout Europe as clue to Christians worshipping a false god.
3. “Quasi-Holocaust claim” contradicting boss.
4. 5. 6. 7. etc. etc. etc.
The Apocalypse (or an Apocalyptic event) will be initiated by an Austrian. When the national referendum to allow foreign-born individuals to run for president is introduced I recommend you DEFY and vote NO!! In the years prior to this vote the gods will send POWERFUL clues suggesting the IMPORTANCE OF DEFIANCE.

It will be the Koreans (instead of Nazis). There won’t even be any invasion:::They gods will scapegoat them telepathically::::
Black people like the ones who terrorized Korean businesses during the 1992 riots in California will be executed. I have personal reinforcing evidence:::::
This time the holocaust will be black.
Don’t be suprised if reparations are dispersed shortly after the black holocaust, capturing those whom escaped their wrath.


Italy’s boot is a clue showing the god’s intent with the Romans AND their active involvement::The gods imparted wisdom in the Bible.
Oshkosh is a clue just as Lake Michigan and Green Bay are clues. It is the ejaculate clue:::Life springs forth from this region.
Expect your traditional Second Coming of Christ to come from the region. Consistant with the possibility of matrilinial lineage it may be the mother’s family from the Lake Winnebago area fulfilling some “Manifest Destiny” bullshit theater::::You see Manifest Destiny all around you (corporate).
Manifest Destiny dictates a white-man’s prophecy:::::White-man’s world, white-man’s Apocolypse.

This isn’t about reals and clones. This is about the brains and the brain-less:::The brain-less are people whose families have been OUT FOR GENERATIONS, families lucky enough to avoid this disturbing age and its accompanying abuses.
This is the key which unlocks the god’s puzzle.


The Simpsons offered many clues to the disfavored, not the least of which ARE the frequent references to “pack/mob mentality”.

ANYTIME you feel “peaked”, experience craving or ANY thought disturbance where you want or like something irrationally (ex:::Halloween, Harley Davidson (theme:::Halloween colors), Dale Earnhardt) IT IS THEM TRYING TO HURT YOU!!!!!! “Magic” is used EXCLUSIVELY to hurt the disfavor:::The fuel of disfunction::::::addiction, homosexuality, crack babies.
In times past when gods felt more generous they employed their powers to help the disfavored (geographical clues, Moses’s miracles), but as time went on the gods only used their power to HURT the disfavored (1906, boss, disturbing use of “magic”).
There are subtle (sub)conscious tactics they can employ with the computer to make you think as if you are cooperating when they really are pushing you into your offense.

People were pushed into having gay experiences because their parents were sell-out whores.
People were pushed into being sell-out whores because their parents sold their blood line down the river in the early 20th century.
People were pushed into selling their blood line down the river because they didn’t pray.
Man hasn’t prayed to god for thousands of years but we have to pay in this manner because we have the unenviable distinction of living in this day and age, this heightened standard justified with the 20th century life of comfort such as indoor plumbing, refidgeration, canned foods.

Women are the favored gender:::Those who understand what it means to be a woman are already halfway there.
The purpose of the masculinization of women of the last 40 years was to pave the way (justification) for The End, for it collectively brought mankind’s favor down.


HOW TO PRAY:::1. I’m sorry for what I’ve done wrong. 2. I don’t want to sccumb to temptation and make any more mistakes. 3. I want to fix my problems. 4. Please don’t hurt me.

We will ALL be held to the responsibilities entrusted to us, no matter what temptations contradict this.

If you don’t do the right thing you’re going to do the wrong thing, and the right thing to do is to ACTIVELY fix your problems and pursue the favor of the gods.
The gods imparted wisdom in the Bible to help teach people the right way to live:::Tempation will be used to test you. You have to be willing to tell them “No.” If you “think right” you may envoke their mercy.
You will never get off Planet Earth unless you are “thinking right”, so you should focus on it.
If you’re not working hard to fix your problems, if you don’t creatively work to get the hell off Earth then you will be consumed by it, by the reverse positioning-institutions they instilled as temptations::::popular culture, democracy, materialism.

I have put forth indisputable evidence, as you see above with the Jews. The gods will never admit any of it is true, ever. YOU HAVE TO DEFY!!!! They will lie to you up until bitter end::::This tactic will ensure they claim a HUGE percentage of the disfavored, for so many refuse to defy and this will ensure they don’t go.


My best adivce to you all would be understand what I say is true then WITHDRAW, not only from this plethora of detail (for updating the disfavored is one way to distract AND you should never be so arrogant to think you are entitled to understand the god’s behavior) but also from this cancerous culture. Pursue the truth that you just learned and work hard to repair your relationship with the gods. Understand how these corrupt institutions (democracy, materialism/greed, education) affect your life and save what clues they will offer you for when you REALLY need them. Be very attentive and gracious, for you are counting on their generosity.
If you are good and decent and respectable you won’t want to hear about all this. If you do desire to hear more take it as a clue, for it is a symptom::::They are peaking you euphorically, and this “magic” is used to hurt the disfavored.
Understand how the corrupted INSTITUTIONS affect your life and make the appropriate changes. For example, they use democracy to justify instructing the computer to create a sense of empowerment. If you recognize this you are better able to overcome the damaging effects.
The gods will want to know who I helped and how they are doing. If people begin with my teachings they will be on a list that the gods will PERSONALLY look in on. The numbers of people who pursue the path immediatley after I illustrate it will be very small due to their minimization tactics, and they will be members of an elite group.
Remember::The gods only use their powers to hurt the disfavored, and everything involved in this Situation are all good examples. Please let me remind you the Jews sacrificed, illustrating to people that boss wasn’t going to happen, showing the world that all these popular culture elements associated with the Situaiton were the gods employing their powers to prey on the disfavored keping them captivated for over 30 years now.


1. Corporate sourcing violently punished::::
They suggest the whole “sourcing” era, where it is positioned that their brain-less clones obtained product from China and other Asian countries for the lowest possible price, will be punished violently if the gods elect to employ the “Asian invasion” script::::
One of the reasons it was so important to get out before 1980 (important to get out before the end of each 20-year war-revelry cycle - 1960, 1980, 2000, 2020, etc).

2. Deception of Southern rednecks to blame for Republican control:::::
Republicans, party of preditory disfavored, keep guns available. Easy gun availablility is an “open door” for the gods, a tool used to prey on the disfavored.
Republicans, party of preditory disfavored, gave you the distraction that was the Clinton impeachment theater 1998.
Republican loyalty is why noone cares that rednecks are set up for the slaughter.
Democrats good. Liberalism evil.

Kosher is a favor bestowed upon the Jews. The South eats LOTS of pork and there is an oyster bar on every corner:::::It’s like liquor stores in the ghetto.
The gods have quite a sophisticated taste for irony:::::The Jew takes boss by calling in the Quasi-Holocaust claim.

The gods got rid of the retarded woman who lived across the street, prior to the fall of 2006 so their handiwork wouldn’t stare them in the face while there was so much attention.
The gods took similar evansive manuvers w/ bi-racial so they could continue using this open door to victimize the disfavored.

American space tourist returned after 13 days in space::::”The first thing he noticed about Earth is…the smell.” They don’t want people coming back. They WILL do things like this:::It’s intent is to prevent people from returning, either for favorite expeiences, sports, etc. and proof my Situation had to fail:::It woud have commanded much attention from the other planets.

Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached because he lied.
Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached because he was orally copulated.
Bill Clinton was impeached because it was 1998.
It was end of 20-year war-revelry cycle distraction theater, of which there are MANY examples. Brought to you by the party of the preditory disfavored, the Republican party.

Apex of irony in the Situaiton:::Jew calls in Quasi-Holocaust claim and takes boss, stoking the flames of anti-Semitism among blacks in the crucial years before the black holocaust

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Credit Card Fraud

I recently noticed a charge on my debit card from a company titled (on my debit card statement) WLI*SHOPPERDISCO

I did some research on the internet and found that this is a GIANT fraud The following companies are but a few of the online companies which give your credit card info out to that company which begins charging a small amount (in my case 9 dollars) so you don't even notice it. When I called my bank after seeing this charge for today and knowing I didn't even use my debit card all day long they sent it to the fraud investigation team. Here is a website which gives more information. I am blogging this to inform any of my readers that they may want to look at their credit card statements and see if they have had this same thing happen to them.

Here are the web pages which can give you more information about this scam:

Here is a partial list of online companies which actively participate in the scam:
Academy of Dermatology Website
CHOICEHOTELS.COM -- using the Coke $10 discount
MOVIETICKETS.COM one we were personally stung by

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Come Join Me

Over at a site called Ning you can join me (it is like myspace but without all the stupid kiddie sparkle crap). I will keep writing here but if you like you can visit me or even become a member with me on Ning:

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Of note for Vets

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Feel Free to Contribute

Hi Zach,
I happened upon your blog and am wondering if you would be willing to post this on your site.
The Military Channel is going to be airing a program showing the day to day experiences of active military personnel all over the world. As more and more soldiers and service people use videos to send messages to family, pass the down time with friends, and document their experiences, the clearer a picture we have of what the realities of service are - the more real the war looks.

This is an incredible opportunity for those in service to share their perspectives, and we are in need of people to help spread the word. Submissions are easy, and there will be no censorship of views. We are looking for videos taken during active duty, however if you or others have video documenting your time in service, please consider sharing them for inclusion in this program.
Please visit and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Melissa A. Krodman
Production Assistant
Discovery Production Group

Discovery Channel
8045 Kennett Street, 3rd Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Office: (240) 662-3865
Mobile: (404) 384-8063

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

River Lethe

The 3rd Infantry Division left for their 3rd tour of Iraq, I am glad I am safe here in Florida. None of me wants to go back but I still feel the call of the soldier to be in battle with those I have served with before. It would be much harder if any of my close military friends were still in the 3rd ID and going over with them.

Today I had the urge to be strong, to crash through things, and to have things crash into me. Part of me misses the adrenaline of combat, and the rest of me is saddened by it. My guns sit on shelves locked away now not likely to fire again in combat, or to teach me accuracy and precision for the killing of my fellow man. This is good, but man has a side of himself which cries out for violence, you have felt it no doubt. Things like the slaughter of those in the Holocaust, or the starvation of children in Africa probably brought you the righteous feelings of vengeance. A soldier’s feelings are no less than yours. Regret for a friend lost, vengeance against the killer. I feel that I have already taken a sip from the river Lethe, my memories begin to fade and I part with them with mixed emotions. They have bearing on who I am and why I am, but they also so very painful.

Anyone Interested?

Here is an email I received recently. If you are interested you can email him at:

I found your various email addresses by reading through the IAVA website, and some of the blogs that were referenced.
First of all, thank you for all the wonderful work you do in support of veterans, and for getting the truth out about the challenges facing today's military.
My name is Ed Acevedo and I live in St Augustine, Florida. I'm not an OIF/OEF veteran, so I'm not eligible to join your organization. I did serve seven years active-duty in the US Army (1988-95) including the Gulf War of 1991, where I served as the XO of an M1A1 tank company in the 2nd Armor Division.
Recently, I returned to the US after 28 months in Iraq and Jordan, where I worked closely with both US Army Civil Affairs and some great Iraqis as a civilian project manager on infrastructure and logistics projects. It was a privilege once again to work with members of the US military. So, I still feel very connected with the current conflict and the sacrifices being made by our military personnel who are deployed overseas.
I'm planning to do a bicycle trip from Saint Augustine to San Diego in the next few months.
I would also like to do something to help raise awareness, and hopefully some money, for disabled veterans and the families of soldiers killed in action. So I got to thinking: maybe I could do this trip to somehow honor these worthy causes.
I'm still in the early planning stages, and just putting out feelers to see where the needs are greatest. Trying to get input from a variety of sources. Since you are all heavily involved with veterans' issues, I would love to hear your thoughts.
I recently contacted these guys to see if there was interest.
If I could tie my trip to their existing efforts, it will make things much easier than setting up a charitable foundation from scratch. Why re-invent the wheel, right?!
Perhaps you even know some people who might want to get involved in the effort. I know it would be a long shot to get anybody to bike the whole 3,100+ miles with me, but there are other ways for folks to get involved. Marketing, fundraising, website management, and so on. I would love to get some media involvement of towns and cities along the way, and broadcast stories of veterans/military families/Silver Star winners, etc, from various communities. Anything that will help raise awareness.
I'm not doing this to make any money or get any recognition, but because I think the story of our veterans and their sacrifices is getting lost among all the other media hype these days.
If any of you think the idea is worth pursuing, I will keep you in the loop and send you a small concept paper I put together. Once things get more finalized, perhaps you can get the word out to folks in your military, media, and business networks.
Anyway, please don't hesitate to send this along to anyone who you think might be interested.

Thanks for listening; any advice or input is welcome.
Best Regards and keep up the good work in 2007,