Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

This essay was published by Breach Bang Clear on 28 November 2013. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/536-problem-solved-the-e-4-option.html Lately I’ve been speaking out (aka “bitching incessantly”) about certain things in the Army that drive me nuts. The biggest complaint I’ve had lately is about stupid decisions from higher up that make soldiers want to chew their fingers off in frustration. […]


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. https://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/07/veterans-defeating-ourselves-with-the-medias-help/ https://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 (https://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 […]