Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Who Form 944 Pr Veterans

Instructions and Help about Who Form 944 Pr Veterans

I'm gonna ask and try to answer a somebody's kind of an uncomfortable question both civilians obviously and soldiers suffer in war I don't think any civilian has ever missed the war that they were subjected to and I've been covering Wars for almost 20 years and one of the remarkable things for me is how many soldiers find themselves missing it how is it someone can go through the worst experience imaginable and come home back to their home and their family their country and miss the war how does that work what's it mean we have to answer that question because if we don't it'll be impossible to bring soldiers back to the to a place in society where they belong and I think it'll also be impossible to stop war if we don't understand how that mechanism works the problem is that war does not have a simple neat truth one simple neat truth any sane person hates war hates the idea of war wouldn't want to have anything to do with it doesn't want to be near it doesn't want to know about it that's a sane response to war but if I asked all of you in this room who here is paid money to go to a cinema and be entertained by a Hollywood war movie most of you would probably raise your hands that's what's so complicated about war and trust me if a room full of peace-loving people find something compelling about war so do 20 year old soldiers who have been trained in it I promise you that's the thing that has to be understood I covered war for about 20 years as I said but my most intense experiences in combat were with American soul in Afghanistan I've been in Africa in the Middle East Afghanistan in the 90s but it was with American soldiers in 2007-2021 that I was confronted with very intense combat I was in a small valley called the Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan it was six miles long you're 150 men of battle company in that valley and for a while while I was there almost 20% of all the combat in all of Afghanistan was happening in those six miles 150 men were absorbing almost 1/5 of the combat for all of NATO forces in the country for a couple months it was very intense I spent most of my time at a small outpost called Restrepo it was named after the platoon medic that had been killed about two months into the deployment it was a few plywood be Hut's clinging to a side of a ridge and sandbags bunkers gun positions there were 20 men up there a second Platoon battle company I spent most of my time up there with there was no running water there was no way to bathe the guys were up there for a month at a time they never even got out of their clothes they fought they worked they slept in the same clothes they never took him off and to the end of the month they went back down to the company headquarters and by then their clothes were unwearable they burned him and got a new set there was no internet there was no phone there was no communication with the outside world up there there was no cooked food there was nothing up there that young men typically like no cars no girls no television nothing except combat combat they did learn to like I remember one one day it was very hot day in the spring and we hadn't been in a fight in a couple of weeks maybe usually the outpost was attacked and that we hadn't seen any combat in a couple of weeks and everyone was stunned with boredom and heat and I remember the the walking past me sort of stripped to the waist it was incredibly hot strip to the waist walk past me muttering oh god please someone attack us today that's how bored they were that's war too so lieutenant saying please something make something happen because we're going crazy to understand that you have to for a moment think about combat not morally that's an important job to do but for a moment don't think about it morally think about it neurologically let's think about what happens in your brain when you're in combat first of all the experience is it's a very bizarre it's very bizarre one it's not what I had expected usually you're not scared I've been very scared in combat but most of the time when I was out there I wasn't scared I was very scared beforehand and incredibly scared afterwards and that fear that comes afterwards can last years I haven't been shot at in six years and I was woken up very abruptly this morning by a nightmare that I was being strafed by aircraft six years later I've never even been straight by aircraft and I was having nightmares about it time slows down you get this weird tunnel vision you notice some details very very very accurately and other things drop out it's almost a slightly altered state of mind what's happening in your brain is you you're getting an enormous amount of adrenaline pumped through your system young men will go to great lengths to have that experience it's wired into us it's hormonal II supported the mortality rate for young men in society is six times what it is for young women from violence and from accidents just the stupid stuff that young men do jumping off of things they shouldn't jump off of lighting things on fire they shouldn't light on fire I mean you know what I'm talking about they die at six times the rate that young women do statistically you are safer as a teenage boy you are safe you would be safer in the fire department.