Old Bull

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Raoul’s 2 Cents

Welcome Home

It’s Veteran’s Day this Monday, November 11.

When I was a kid I played with GI Joe action figures. I built fortresses out of mud hills and created battlefields with green plastic soldiers. I watched war movies and thought it would be so cool to actually go to battle so I could put on camouflage paint, lob smoke screens and grenades and fire bazookas. When I was in High School I joined a military cadet training one summer … I signed up to be a man … to be one of the cool kids.  It was a physically grueling summer. On the first day we were out of breath after a half mile jog. We could hardly carry our fake wooden rifles. Every infraction translated to pushups, sit-ups or laps around the soccer field so after a week we developed real muscles and stamina. By the last day we were running with our rifles above our heads for miles and we were doing 50 pushups easily. We were quite proud of our accomplishments. We thought we had done it all to prove how strong we were but during the last night we got hazed. Yes, we were beaten up by the upper class men. We were in shock. We were blindfolded, then pushed into the “armory” where our sadistic officers took turns beating us up with stomach punches and paddles on our legs. Except for our heads and arms we had to cover our bruised trophies underneath our clothes for weeks. We were sworn to secrecy so I never shared this traumatic experience to anyone until I was already married. This was just make-believe army training but that was enough for me.

Ask a veteran about his/her time in active duty and chances are, he/she will want to keep that experience to himself/herself. You can only imagine how much more difficult it must have been at the actual battlefield where bullets zingged past … amidst the bloody sprays of his unfortunate comrades. Imagine the never ending nightmare of the hell he/she went through. Nightmares that continue to haunt veterans to this day.

I studied this in my Trauma Counseling class. People are familiar with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but we who study Biblical Counseling would rather call it PTSM — it is not a Disorder … it is not permanent. Instead, it is a Malfunction of the brain. Because through the deeper understanding of our relationship with God, even this is curable. We don’t erase it from memory but we grieve through it and move on.

This Veterans Day, please thank our heroes for their sacrifice. Welcome them home.

TGIF people!

Veteran's Day

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Lois of Whittier, CA for sharing this joke.

TGIF Joke of the Week: Old Bull

Don’s Puns

Don's Puns: Turn Signal

Funny Video

Sent by Dean Guzman of Vancouver, B.C.

TV Symbols

Shared by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

Parting Shot

Thanks to Don of Kelowna, B.C. who shared this:

Parting Shot: Little Toe

 

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4 Comments

  1. Mike

    November 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Hi Raoul,
    Here is a friend that I was drafted with Nov 19, 1965.
    Both in the 4th Infantry Division.
    He got The Medal of Honor (https://www.virtualwall.org/dw/WillettLE01a.htm)
    May He Rest In Peace.

    —Mike

    Louis Edward Willet

    Willet: Killed in action Feb 15, 1967, Vietnam

    Reply

  2. Ed

    December 13, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Loved the bull joke and parting shot. I asked my father about his time in Marine Corp boot camp during WW2; ‘Was it really that bad, Dad?’ He replied, if you didn’t cause any trouble they would pretty much leave you alone.

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    • Raoul

      December 13, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Hope it put a smile on your face.

      Interesting response from your Dad. Our military survivors never forget. It’s just that others learn to accept and move on. The hardest hit are the Viet Vets who came home with insults for risking their lives. My psych professor who is himself a Marine, said the best thing you can say to them is “welcome home.”

      Reply

  3. Tom

    December 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Made me smile and remember the joys of Boot Camp and my wondering why I ever went there.. Playing football and being yelled at was good preparation. Thanks too for the videos.

    Reply

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