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WR Steve Smith from Iraq: 'A life-changing experience'

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#46 Jai.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:47 PM

Believe me when I tell you, these USO tours are morale boosters, specially to the football fans in the military. Only thing I was ever on the fob for as far as things they do for soldiers, had a mission one day, banged it all quick like, got back to the fob in time for chow, and man, they had Outback Steakhouse in the DFAC a long with some lovely women, can't remember who the women were, but they were sexy, and that's about all that mattered to us.

#47 beastson52


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

Try 138 with a $160,000 bas in accounting/auditing. Some of the smartest guys in the military are real soldiers. Your just mad because you know your a joke that lies to his family/spouse about their "combat" tours.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:04 PM

Good for Smitty! My first of 7 and counting Combat Tours was Iraq, and it will definitely change your life.

Regardless of the political sentiment in this country or the conspiracy theories, it feels good to know that one of my heroes (Smitty) thinks that I'm a hero.

I'm 29 right now and will turn 30 later on this year. I joined when I was 18. I have fast tracked my entire career because I'm very good at what I do, both technically and tactically. I've been with some of the most prestigious Units in all of the military, and now I find myself "fixing" one of the worst Units.

As of late, I myself have begun to question what's really going on. I have lost many close friends throughout the years. Luckily, I still have all 10 toes, and all 10 fingers. I have been extremely blessed and even very lucky several times. No matter what has happened or why we were sent... All that matters is that WE have been sent again and again and again!!!

I've known people that have missed the births of their First child, missed their own parents' funerals, gotten divorced... The list goes on and on. Military families sacrifice a lot. I don't expect anyone who hasn't served to be able to understand it. Imagine not seeing your spouse or sleeping in the same bed for over a year. Imagine missing your kids birth, first steps, first words... I can't even finish this...

If you know someone who has served, buy them a drink, buy their meal. Or if you can't afford it, just stop and genuinely thank them for their service. Don't just say "thank you" say it and mean it. There is a difference, and again anyone who has served can tell.

To all my brothers and sisters in arms, both past and present... I sincerely Thank each and every one of you for all that you have sacrificed over the years, no matter your occupational specialty, we have all made great sacrifices and gone to great lengths to keep our families and friends a priority no matter where we have been. We have all become family whether we liked it or not, and that can never be taken from us.

As for Smitty, I can't wait to see what he does for soldiers this year. When something really touches him, he always goes to great lengths to give back. It truly has been awesome seeing him mature over the last several years. I wish him nothing but the best.

"De Oppresso Liber"

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:50 PM

I was in Afghanistan when Andy Reid, Childress, John Fox and some others came to visit on a USO tour. Unfortunately, I was outside of the wire, so I never got to meet one or anything, Toby Keith came and put on a concert for us, missed that as well, USO tour's are usually for Fobbits, lol, which isn't bad, but to combat guys rarely get to take part.

Awesome thing for them to do, none the less.

That always pissed me off. I was in the 82nd and we lived outside of the wire. I would get so annoyed when they would show shots of soldiers during sporting events etc. in Iraq, but the guys in danger never got to see the celebs etc. One tour Tito Ortiz was suppose to come visit us but pussed out.

Oh and lets be honest with ourselves vets, most of us did what we did for the adrendaline rush. I never cared about those worthless a-holes that lived there.