Drug Abuse In The Military

 

I am often reminded of how bad the drug and the alcohol problem is in this country. There are news reports daily concerning overdoses and deaths and it seems the problem becomes worse every day.

I never realized how long the problem had been developing until I recently talked with a friend of mine who was stationed on an aircraft carrier in 1967 during the Vietnam conflict.

He was telling me that it seemed like everyone was smoking pot on the carrier and the ship actually smelled of pot. 

If this is true, and I have every reason to believe it is, why didn’t the brass do something about it?

They were probably smoking also.

He was also telling me there were certain places on the ship that white sailors didn’t dare go, to do so would have been detrimental to their health and safety. 

How did this happen and why isn’t it being reported, these issues are detrimental not only to the sailors on board but to our nation’s safety as well. 

How are members of our military supposed to create a unit to fight for a common cause, when certain sailors can’t enter a part of the ship because of their race? I always thought this was discrimination.

In today’s world, we aren’t allowed to talk about such things because of political correctness and it may offend someone, what about the people who are being subjected to this kind of abuse and no one says anything, and if they do say something, they would be discredited and probably disciplined.

We have some serious problems in this country, how can we solve them if no one says anything because of political correctness?

If we can’t identify the problem and discuss it, the problem will only get worse and will never go away. 

It will only create more racial discord and magnify to become an even greater issue.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Returning Veterans and PTSD

We often wonder why so many veterans who return from action are having so many mental issues.

I have a theory that is  a little different, but I think it is valid nevertheless.

If one believes in reincarnation or even the possibility of living another life times, it would make this theory plausible.

According to the theory of reincarnation ,we live many times and return to the earth plane as well as other realities to learn the lessons we need to learn to advance spiritually.

As a result, many souls who are so inclined keep coming back again and again to fight for their cause.

In the past 80 years, we have had two major world wars,and multiple smaller conflicts where brave men and women have gone into battle fighting for their beliefs and country. Often times, these same souls have been killed in battle and immediately taken another body and prepared themselves for yet another conflict.

By doing so, they haven’t given their spirits time to heal from the last encounter before once again subjecting themselves to the same trauma. This continuous conflict eventually creates undue stress on the body and soul.

After so many times, the stress builds up to unacceptable levels. Sooner or later , the person is going to snap and not be able to take it any more. The soul then begins to shut down and not want or need to deal with those types of life experiences. Without realizing it,the soul has learned all it needs from war and doesn’t need to encounter those types of life scenarios anymore.

However, the soul has developed a pattern of behavior from repeated lifetimes and is now in the habit of fighting a new war each and every time it reincarnates. It has become an addiction from which it is difficult to retreat. Finally, as a final warning, the spirit says, “Enough is enough”, and begins to rebel, just as it would from any other trauma or addiction.

We all have our limits and eventually we need to learn to fight our battles in a different fashion. Eventually, the individual’s need for combat passes and it is time to pass the baton to others.

There will always be  souls who need to experience the warrior experience.That in itself is a tremendous learning experience. To learn to sometimes let others fight the battles can be very difficult after fighting on the battlefield so hard and long for our beliefs.

In the general scheme of things, when the physical battles are over for us, then it is time to heal ourselves of the endless abuse we have subjected our bodies and souls to , it has taken a toll on each and every one who has participated, and their souls need to heal, and realize a need to take care of and love themselves.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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Why Do So Many Returning Veterans Have Mental Problems?

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Recently there was a situation in Michigan where an individual boarded an Amtrak train and stabbed four people.

I saw a post this morning where a family member stated that he needed help and he has never been the same since returning from military service.

I think it’s pretty obvious he needs help, but the question is, why?

The rigors of war can be traumatic, and I understand why soldiers returning may need some counseling, but where are the family members? I will never forget the scene in Crocodile Dundee where Sue was talking about seeing a counselor. Mick asked why she was doing that, and she replied,”To talk over her problems.”

Mik responded, “ Why would you do that? That’s what I have a mate for?” Good point.

But the issue goes even deeper. For generations we have had troops returning from war and although many did suffer mental problems and need assistance returning to civilian life because of the horrors they have see, I don’t think it has ever approached the levels we see today.

I believe there are several reasons for that.

First off, a lot of kids today are raised believing they are entitled to everything their heart desires. Early on in life they are programmed into believing they are “special”.While this is good up to a point, they also need a reality check occasionally and need to learn you don’t get a prize just for living.

Participation trophies lead them to think they don’t have to work to be rewarded. They never learn that failure is a part of life, every one fails more than they succeed. A professional baseball player can earn millions by striking out, failing, two times out of three.

Many times well meaning parents send grandparents wish lists for Christmas, and well meaning grandparents, maybe even with a tige of guilt because they can’t be there in person at Christmas, check something off the list and send it to them. Little Johnny gets everything he wants, with no emotional attachment to the person who gave it whatsoever.

Unsuspectingly, we have all contributed to the entitlement philosophy.

Most young people have been taught no coping skills, every time an issue presents itself, some well meaning adult steps in and takes care of it for them, thereby cancelling any good learning experience the child may have learned.

Wouldn’t it be better to let the youngster try to figure it out on his own, and only helping if he gets in a real jam, by giving advice, instead of money or doing it for them.

By bailing out our kids every time they get in a jam, we are depriving them of real learning experiences which would help them when life throws a curve at them. My dad and mom always told me, “You were smart enough to get into this mess, I’m sure you’re smart enough to get out of it.”

Man! I hated it when they told me that, but you know what? They were right.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but they were  there , supporting me every minute of the day. But they were in the background helping in ways I never realized. Just their confidence in my ability to solve the problem was all I really needed.

Also, many kids and adults alike no longer have a belief in a Supreme Being. Because of this they put their trust in government or drugs and alcohol.When both fail them, they don’t have anywhere to turn and the end result can only be disaster.

In the end the reason so many returning veterans have issues in life are no different than many of the challenges the average citizen faces.

Another issue facing the vet, he or she often wonders what they are really fighting for. In the wars previous to Korea, we fought the war and defeated the enemy. We came home victorious and fought to win.

In today’s world , the troops go into combat with one arm tied behind their back and a lawyer on each side.

We no longer fight to win wars, we, as a country take an excuse me attitude. Going to war is a serious undertaking, many lives are going to be lost. But once that decision is made we go in to win.  All is fair in love and war. There are winners and losers , we need to be a winner.

The current policy leaves troops confused, why are they giving up their lives for something when the government, the press and others aren’t   supporting them wholeheartedly?

We will always and rightfully so have dissent. That is a good thing in a free society, but it has become the custom in recent years to support and uphold the ones in society who would destroy and tear down the defenders of liberty, while throwing the defenders under the bus, and we wonder why the veterans  have issues.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

 

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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