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ROE and why civilians scare me

By Peter Sessum People tend to think that other people think like them. So when a civilian says he is worried about vets becoming violent I know it is not because he has an insight into the military mind. It … Continue reading

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No matter what you think you are made of, you are most likely wrong

By: Peter Sessum The History Channel recently completed the first season of The Selection, their social experiment where they took 30 civilian through a mock special operations selection course. I know it wasn’t their intention, but my veteran friends and … Continue reading

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Sometimes the military does some good

BY: Peter Sessum Every veteran I know has stories about discussions with young, idealistic civilians that didn’t go well. At some point we have all been lectured about all the babies that we are killing, all the countries we are invading … Continue reading

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Protesting the national anthem distracts from your cause but you have the right to do it

As patriot, proud of my service, I can say without reservation that I don’t give a good damn if a football player stands for the national anthem or not. In fact, having the choice to stand or not it is … Continue reading

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Don’t be a Dick on Veteran’s Day

I have been seeing articles popping up lately by vets about Veteran’s Day. Some are insisting they are not a hero and some are pissed that some furniture store is having a sale because this day is about sucking up … Continue reading

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Random Memory: The Power of the Sham Shield

By Peter Sessum A recent post on social media about the attitudes of the enlisted ranks in the Army prompted me to write this. The breakdown of ranks were pretty accurate but I thought the Specialist one was too limiting … Continue reading

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What it Feels Like to be a Veteran: Harry Potter

By: Peter Sessum The military experience can be difficult to put into words for civilians to understand. Not that they lack the mental capacity but it is hard to put it in terms that they can relate to. Military life … Continue reading

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Random Memory: Sledding in Bosnia

By: Peter Sessum I started the Dogtag Chronicles because of experiences I had on campus at the University of Washington. Too many people seemed to think people in the military are a bunch of clone troopers waiting to be sent … Continue reading

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When Hearts and Minds Fail: The Infamous Matchbooks

By: Peter Sessum The hunt for Osama bin Laden took far longer than it should have. For years everyone was wondering how the most famous man in the world stayed hidden in Afghanistan with the might and resources of the … Continue reading

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Random Memory: Shark Attack

By: Peter Sessum This week is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel and what better way to celebrate than to talk about a real life shark attack. Unfortunately, I don’t have an underwater experience to share, but this should be … Continue reading

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