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Rules of Disengagement


Guess what there aren’t any.

So let’s get on it.


by Paul Newell


A fully laden cargo ship sets out to open sea. It takes her 15 miles to gain a cruising speed of 18 knots. She circumnavigates half way around the world. Bound for her port of destination. Upon setting in to port she must make necessary preparations. Ie: slow and adjust her speed of forward movement.

It takes 2 nautical miles to stop a ship from cruising speed. What do you think it takes to slow down and disengage a soldier after six months of training them to kill or be killed

#1, to survive on bugs and urine if necessary, to take your own life if necessary, to mercilessly counter the enemy, and literately be on call 24/7/365 for some and more time for others.

And so the Soldier circumnavigates half the globe and then becomes fully engaged in some hell that’s called War. And then all that training comes into play and remains in play. The hell of a tour starts to become routine to a point, which in turn becomes a mind set that just has to be dealt with by each Soldier by there own understanding. Because of the magnitude of the operation, the objective, and potential results of, The Soldiers souls become collateral damage lost in the vastness of technological advances, Photo ops, and really bad I mean unprofessionally bad media hype.

Machinery and electronics does a lot of our work today but the Soldier always reaps the repercussions of any operation. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This endures.

Now the Soldier’s tour is up. This becomes almost anticlimactic. There is an accustom zone that has attached it self. So it’s at this point, that all a Soldier’s training doesn’t have a component for. It doesn’t take long to get a Soldier home now, so that puts the Soldier in a very precarious situation.

This transition point will be the point at which a Soldier needs to be disengaged from the hell so they can reunite with there own being first before they can properly engage with other people and places that they so love.

This point of transition now becomes the most important point for the safety of their future. A natural and safe setting of solitude is what a Soldier needs to begin to heal at their own pace and understanding time needed is going to vary greatly because each individual’s experiences are unique and will have to be dealt with accordingly.

The Veteran can not be just injected back into an every thing OK World. Like a round injected into a breach. Technically, and traditionally a Soldier isn’t trained to come home, we just don’t expect them to come back, in a certain way. War. That’s what all the trainings about. So there’s not really any contingent for that back at the civilian level either, however we are getting better with that aspect of War.

It is up to us the citizen to help with this transition for the sake of the human being that makes a Veteran. A Veteran that’s willing to battle for common ground not even something for them self’s but common ground. The Veteran and the civilian must work together now to bring about a change with how we handle the compassion and understanding of a wounded Warrior.

We can no longer rely on the so called Gov. to do what is right. The more energy that we the citizen put towards the healing of a Veteran is less energy that the system (Gov) takes from us. This example would eliminate the Gov by default. In other words we are better off serving up a helping hand to a Wounded Warrior than we are serving up good intentioned but fall on deaf ears paper products to the Gov.

Who deserves our energy most? Here’s a simple equation to think about. If the citizen were to invest their funds into orgs that 80% or more of their resources go to aid for a Veteran they then get tax breaks, that makes them happy cause they don’t like paying taxes anyway. Then the Veterans support teams don’t have to ask and beg any one for funds that makes them happy. The funds will actually get to the Veterans that needs it and that can make all the difference to someone that needs a hand up. This action would make the Gov’s position on this matter redundant.

However we are still in today so we all need to help to create a better environment for our Soldiers and it has to start with understanding and healing on all fronts. And It had better start now in preparation. This is just another battle field for the Soldier. This time the citizens on the battle field as well and must now stand up and fight for the Soldier. The way to that happening is to keep in the face of the public with the stats like, no suicide is acceptable, let alone 120 Veterans per week. And all this blood falls squarely on the public because of the inadequacies to help supply the necessary environment for returning Veterans. The inadequacies come about of the very Freedoms and Liberties that plague the people in excess.

The very Freedoms and Liberties are out of control, as in wonton Desiree. All media outlets would do well to make sure that the general public has this information imbedded in their psyche to create quick change of attitude. This can’t be a plea or a request of the public, this must be delegated to the public leadership in the delegation would be key. Leadership however is hindered by liability. Liability has been created out of litigation. And frivolous litigation is one of the byproducts of Freedoms and Liberties. It might make a lot of sense at this time to rethink the liability clauses to further the advancement of good leadership. Everyone knows we need it.

Paul Newell  currently heads up www.greenrecovery.org and is on recon right now locating additional natural healing sites for returning Vets.

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