Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

I’m trying something new, guys. I’ve been asked to write a true story about a wartime romance in Afghanistan. I have a secondhand connection to the story. Writing anything even close to romance is new to me, and I really don’t know the “right” way to do it. So I’m making a humble request: please […]


This essay was published by BreachBangClear in two parts on October 20th and 21st. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/500-electrocuting-the-dog-learned-helplessness-in-the-military-part-1.html http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/501-electrocuting-the-dog-learned-helplessness-in-the-military-part-2.html ———————————————————————— I sat in a classroom with about twenty other soldiers, studying a slide show of armored vehicles for an upcoming test. Identifying vehicles was a critical part of the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) we were trying to attain, […]


Last week my friend Manal, a fellow aspiring author who is originally from Lebanon, started a blog. On her first blog post she told the story of taking her family to Lebanon for vacation in 2006, only to be blindsided by the outbreak of the Israel-Hezbollah war. She and her family had to be evacuated […]


This is the third post I’ve written in response to Lauren Kay Johnson’s Glamour Magazine essay about her struggle to adjust after Afghanistan. http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/07/veterans-defeating-ourselves-with-the-medias-help/ http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/10/update-on-lauren-kay-johnson-af-veteran/ For reasons which I think are obvious, Johnson’s essay had a far larger impact than she expected. And rightfully so; she unintentionally illustrated a stark contrast inside our military. This […]


A few days ago I published a post about Lauren Kay Johnson, an Air Force veteran of the War on Terror (http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/07/veterans-defeating-ourselves-with-the-medias-help/). The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK had written a story about her problems adjusting after her Afghanistan deployment. It also said she had a “milder form of PTSD”, and provided a list […]


A couple of days ago I read an article from the UK’s Daily Mail. It was about a young American veteran, Lauren Kay Johnson, and how service in Afghanistan affected her. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2443741/Female-officer-service-Afghanistan-took-emotional-toll.html Since returning home three years ago, she’s lost interest in many things she used to enjoy. She feels like life here is trivial […]


This essay was published in Iron Mike Magazine on 25 September. http://ironmikemag.com/the-cost-of-desk-jockey-decisions-and-honoringtrue-brotherhood/ —————————————————————————————- A few days ago I saw a video of soon-to-be Medal of Honor recipient Captain Will Swenson in combat. The video was taken by a medevac helicopter crewman who flew in to pick up a badly wounded Soldier, Sergeant First Class Kenneth […]


This was published by BreachBangClear in two parts on September 17th and 18th. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/485-should-we-award-purple-hearts-for-ptsd.html http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/486-should-we-award-purple-hearts-for-ptsd-part-ii.html Yes, it’s a long essay. But some things can’t be explained in a short blurb. Especially something this close to my heart. ————————————————————————— SHOULD WE AWARD PURPLE HEARTS FOR PTSD? No, we shouldn’t. I came home from Afghanistan angry and […]


This essay was published in two parts by BreachBangClear.com on September 4th and 5th. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/473-the-tyranny-of-risk-assessments-in-the-military-pt-1.html http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/474-the-tyranny-of-risk-assessments-in-the-military-pt-2.html ——————————————————— No joke there I was, at a National Guard training camp’s range. This was in mid-2002, not long after the Twin Towers fell. I was in a tank unit, and we were pretty sure we’d be in combat […]


This article was published yesterday on KitUp.military.com. The editor changed it up quite a bit, but I like my version better (doesn’t every writer feel that way?), so I’ve published the original version below. With one addition; I decided to include the question at the end. This article isn’t exactly “gun porn”, as it’s more […]



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