Stronger at the Broken Places http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com Student Veterans and the Long Walk Home from War Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lesson Learned: Patience –Nick http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-patience-nick-2/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-patience-nick-2/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 20:53:01 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2111 While I was in the service I picked up many new and valuable traits that have been useful to me since I have gotten out. The one that I think is the most important to me and has been the most useful has been patience. It is also the one thing that changed the most from who I was before…

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Lesson Learned: Aggression –Chris http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-aggression-chris/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-aggression-chris/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:00:57 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2119 One trait that I did not have prior to me leaving for boot camp was aggression. I wasn’t a very confrontational person in high school, and I mostly did my own thing and would be the first person to try and talk a situation down. During boot camp I was exposed to a lot of new things that I really…

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You Can’t Go Home –Nicole http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/you-cant-go-home-nicole/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/you-cant-go-home-nicole/#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:04:21 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2117 When I wake up around 1300, after working all night, I’m excited. Soon I’ll be leaving my apartment to go back home to Wisconsin on leave for two weeks. I’ll get to see my family and my two best friends. I also found out that there will be a five year reunion for my class while I’m home. When I…

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Lesson Learned: Sympathy –Tony http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-sympathy-tony/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-sympathy-tony/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:47:43 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2107 Most military members that I have gotten to know through my squadron or have met since I became a civilian have inherently become altered by their experience with the armed forces. To ask a veteran to write about an attribute that they have either gained or lost in the military is the equivalent of asking a cave diver if he found…

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Lesson Learned: Patience –Nick http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-patience-nick/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-patience-nick/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:05:27 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2125 Toward the end of high school I decided I wanted to be a Police Officer. I wanted that sense of duty to my local community, to help those in need, and protect the good from the bad. I did some research and determined that the only way to become a police officer in Central Wisconsin was to go to the…

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Lesson Learned: Loyalty –William http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-loyalty-william/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-loyalty-william/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:32:09 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2130 What did I leave in the Marine Corps that I no longer have? I have plenty of drunken stories, but very few people who have served don’t. I also had those stories before the military, and I know I will have more of them throughout college. What do I wish I could still have now? There are plenty of material…

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Becoming a Father While Serving –Brian http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/becoming-a-father-while-serving-brian/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/becoming-a-father-while-serving-brian/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:47:33 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2134 Becoming a father was a moment I will cherish forever. I became “Dad” on August 28th, 2014, to a beautiful 8-pound, 4-ounce, 19.5-inch daughter named Lucy. I took away great skills and experiences after joining the Air Force, but becoming a father during that time really was the best moment during those four years. Although the Air Force did not…

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Lesson Learned: Patience –Sam http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-patience-sam/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-patience-sam/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:49:56 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2115 A saying that could summarize my military career would be, “Hurry up and wait.” A time-honored saying that echoes through the minds of everyone who has every served in the military. The patience that comes with this is one of the things I thought would be a big quality I’d take away with me from the Marine Corps. Day in…

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Lesson Learned: Punctuality –Michael http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-punctuality-michael/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-punctuality-michael/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:21:07 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2137 Almost every veteran or current service member can probably recall their very first interaction with the military. The day you step off that plane and board a bus that takes you to where ever it is you are assigned for basic training. That day everyone is looked at as an equal — we are all clueless and unsure of what…

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1 Mile Per Hour –Chris http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/1-mile-per-hour-chris/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/1-mile-per-hour-chris/#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:19:44 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2008 That Sunday, when I was still in my barracks,  I remember thinking that Jungle Warfare Training (JWTC) was going to be a good time, and something that I could just breeze through. Monday rolls around and we get formed up outside at 0300 and we go and check out our weapons, my Remington 870 was still clean from the last…

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Thank you for teaching me how not to be –Austin http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/thank-you-for-teaching-me-how-not-to-be-austin/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/thank-you-for-teaching-me-how-not-to-be-austin/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:05:24 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2109 During my time in the Army I gained a lot of qualities and characteristics. Most of which made me into a very different person. I was in many ways still the same person when I left the military, but at the same time I was changed. Two of the biggest traits that I left with going back into the civilian…

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4,300 Miles Away –Cole http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/4300-miles-away-cole/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/4300-miles-away-cole/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 15:36:44 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2141 My family has always been very tight-knit. We were never bored growing up in a family with six brothers and sisters. We didn’t always get along, but that’s what made it more fun and memorable. My parents always made sure that we had the necessities to live a great life, but they didn’t give us what we wanted all the time.…

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Speaking My Mind –Cody http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/speaking-my-mind-cody/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/speaking-my-mind-cody/#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:02:23 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2139 Before I joined the Marine Corps, I had a lot of patience and was always known as the nice guy. I used to hold back my feelings and not give my two cents on a situation unless it was really important to me. I had a long fuse, and not a lot bothered me. If somebody was talking shit about…

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My First Real Test –Nick Kuehn http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/my-first-real-test-nick-kuehn/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/my-first-real-test-nick-kuehn/#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:11:26 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2184 I looked down at my hands to avoid the glare of the ambulance lights; they were giving me a headache. The kind of headache that sets in right behind your eyes, the kind that feels like you got hit in the face with a hammer. My hands felt tight, stiff almost. I guess the blood would explain it. My gloves…

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Turning the Other Cheek –Austin http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/turning-the-other-cheek-austin/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/turning-the-other-cheek-austin/#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:27:58 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2002 This is the story of a very fortunate and yet unfortunate event. Fortunate in the sense that brothers, from all walks of life, are brought closer to each other and what seem to be simple things are not so simple anymore. Unfortunate in the way that one of my brothers bled for the reasons that 99 percent of America will…

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Memories –Anonymous http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/memories-anonymous/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/memories-anonymous/#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:31:16 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2004 Hurry up and wait. It’s the age-old dilemma of military members around the globe, and that was exactly what we were doing one morning in Afghanistan in 2013. I remember being extremely tired from staying up the previous night for radio watch, so I was spacing out most of the time while we waited. As soon as I saw the…

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Lesson Learned: Anger –Daniel http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-anger-daniel/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/lesson-learned-anger-daniel/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:59:28 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2132 The one thing I acquired in the Marine Corps that has followed me into the civilian world is the emotion of anger. The smallest things make me uncomfortable and upset. For example, when people complain about the smallest, meaningless things. Examples of these are stolen valor, people who complain and bring out their emotions (drama), being rude, ignorance, etc. I…

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What did I bring home from war? –Anonymous http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/what-did-i-bring-home-from-war-anonymous/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/what-did-i-bring-home-from-war-anonymous/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:59:52 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2123 What did I bring home from war with me? It’s a silly question if you think about it, and its one of the harder ones to answer, especially when you’re talking about coming home from a hostile foreign country that no one who hasn’t been there can really understand. When I sit down and actually think about it, a lot…

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The One and Only Wog Day! –Shane http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/the-one-and-only-wog-day-shane/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/the-one-and-only-wog-day-shane/#respond Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:57:54 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2012 Wog day is a die-hard naval tradition that’s been around for hundreds of years. It is an initiation ritual that happens to all newbie sailors who cross the equator for the first time on board a ship. Veteran sailors who have crossed the equator at one time or another and who went through the ritual are called shellbacks. Newbie sailors who have not…

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Time Off the Road –Nick http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/time-off-the-road-nick/ http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/time-off-the-road-nick/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:18:03 +0000 http://strongeratthebrokenplaces.com/?p=2014 For the first time in five months I wake up and do not have to worry about going on the road or having hours of mind-numbing guard to worry about. For the next 45 days my only job is to be down at the gun line every day for 12 hours. Forty-five days away from the day-to-day grind of missions during…

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