Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

This is the Iraq poem I mentioned several months ago, titled “I Run Away Quickly”, I.R.A.Q., which was some anonymous soldier’s clever acronym. I think it applies perfectly to the convoy escort mission my unit had. It felt like running away was all we did over there. As convoy escorts, we weren’t there to look […]


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, […]


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 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 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 […]


A Marine sniper came up with this idea, which is pretty intriguing. I’m a little concerned about the possibility of drawing a cleaning kit instead of a mag during a firefight, but I bet I could find an out of the way place to mount a mag pouch and store my cleaning kit. Check this […]


According to the current media fad, we veterans are PTSD-stricken rapists on the verge of suicide. This is a major downturn in our status, as just a few weeks ago we were merely PTSD-stricken and suicidal. I guess those were the golden days. Every time I turn around, I’m slapped in the face by stories […]


This essay of mine was published last week by BreachBangClear.com, a military/LE-centered web site. It’ll probably only appeal to military people, especially those who have served during the War on Terror. It has been slighty edited to correct a few minor errors. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/392-doctrine-is-more-important-than-lessons-paid-for-with-blood.html ———————————————- “All this nonsense about roadside bombs is ridiculous. Those bombs are […]



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