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No Prince of Egypt? No Watership Down???? Has this person even given the list a few seconds of thought? The Iron Giant and Corpse Bride were entertaining but don't hold a candle to these two.
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I'm going to disagree a little with with Ian Wolfe and "Merri". I also returned home about two years ago, from my second deployment in Iraq. But I'm still in the Army - and I suppose that makes some difference, when you are surrounded by soldiers, about half of whom have also deployed. So I don't feel like such an oddball. But when I go home I also encounter people who think it was something so horrible, like Iwo Jima in WWII, with people dying left and right everywhere. I'm afraid the media tends to hype up everything a bit too much. Frankly, I simply get too much sympathy. It was bad sometimes, yes, but it was my job. What else should I do? Moreover, I was paid very well for the time there, and my salary was tax-free. I went out on daily patrols, but nearly half the military members there never even went outside a base camp. But the PTSD issue - I can't comment about anyone's particular situation except my own. But consider this: most soldiers are there for a year or two (as was I). But imagine the Iraqi soldiers and the Iraqi people who have been living this for more 6 years now. Particularly the children. And unlike us, they didn't have electricity 24/7, top-notch medical care, healthy food, decent body armor, a generous salary and a reliable postal system. Yet the vast majority of them aren't a bunch of raving lunatics running through the streets. But with soldiers, certain people expect us to have PTSD, and are even sometimes disappointed when we don't. I'm not trying to be judgemental, but "Merri" sounds like one of these. The military is similar. I think we may have gone overboard on this a little. Like anyone else, I had to have a mental health screening before leaving theater, another one upon arrival, and a follow-up 90 days later. And all during that time, we are encouraged to get counseling. As a result, I'm afraid we have thrown around the PTSD label a bit too generously. I knew what I was signing up for, and I knew I would see death, and maybe even friends of mine would be killed. I was under no illusions about anything when I deployed (BTW - I'm not trying to imply that you were). But I disagree that you were in an "alien" world. Certainly it was alien to most Americans, but war and conflict are normal to soldiers and unfortunately to most nations and most people throughout history. Humans are amazingly resilient.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on TWO YEARS HOME at The Sandbox