Soldier On

The Brigade

These are the words of Sgt Camacho of 2nd Recon Marines.

He talks about his battle with depression, PTSD and the challenges he faces after 4 tours in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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  • Scanner

    Sadly these are the real casualties of this war, and your heart goes out to them, which leads to the next question, how many of these soldiers both male and female, have returned from this conflict as time bombs, and what will happen when these bombs start going off, not only in America but world wide.

    I missed service in South East Asia by one year, as age was an issue when I joined up, but I also saw first hand some of the destroyed men that returned from there, and their treatment by govt, politicians, future leaders, and the NZ public. It frightens me to think we may have done it again.

    The upside to this has been that the Bush Chaney dynasty their families,
    backers, and large parts of corporate USA have done quite nicely out
    out this conflict, so a little bit collateral damage is acceptable.

    You really think the seppos would have learned in Vietnam, obviously not.

  • Never changes – with any conflict the
    biggest casualties are the civilians and the as the Yank call them
    “grunts”. The cost of this goes on for years after in all forms
    mainly medical, marital, and employment. Politicians never learn – they’re suckers
    of the multi-national munitions powers….and especially when they themselves have vested
    interests in the sale of the machinery of war.

  • davewin

    I remember as a 12 year old going with our Bible Class to sing Carols at Montecillo Home in Dunedin. The Home was then the refuge for soldiers from both the First and Second World War. These men were very very damaged,  I remember to this day one elderly man in particular who had built a little fort out of pillows in the corner of the room.One of his lucid mates told me he never came out. He had been a machine gunner on the Western Front in 1916-17. In his little fort he took his meals, and “awaited the next attack”. In his bad moments, he imitated the action and sound of the Machine Gun he called Lucy. He had been in the  home since he  returned in 1918. I met him in 1958. He died rather unlamented in 1965. I hope and pray his next home allowed the demons he saw to rest, and he to find the peace he so richly deserved.

    • Is that the one in St Kilda? My Auntie Nessie lived round the corner – (I was 7 in 1958) she used to tell us about the poor men she went to visit and help with morning tea etc. Mum used to say it was something we weren’t to talk about…..

      • davewin

         Montecillo was opposite the Zingari Rugby Grounds closer to Mornington than the Southern Cemetery, but there were a number of people about who helped out with issues like this. I am unable to help more with direction as I left Dunedin in 1967.

  • Andy

    Will we see this from Cam?: “I don’t have too much time for Bleakers…once the brain is fried it is fried…I have seen the damage up close and personal. “

    • Fuck off….this guy fought for his country…drug takers are the exact opposite. Take a break pal.

  • ConwayCaptain

    When I was uoung I remember seeing men who had been badly injured and had undergone surgery at McIndoes Guine Pig Farm.  In fact my cleft palate was repaired by one of his surgeons and even today people will not beleive I had a CP unless I show them.

    Now of course people with HORRENDOUS injuries are saved and one wonders whether it would have been better to let them die instead of losing 3 limbs and being disfigured for life.

    My father was badly burnt on his back when the Japanese bombed Trincomalee in 1942.

    • davewin

      And when you remember they were shot for cowardice in WW 1, and in WW2 many were dishonourably Discharged for LMF (Lack of Moral Fibre). I often wonder how many brave lives were wasted through is tag, and also the dilly women who stood around street corners giving white feathers to men in civvies. Would have been convicted for Hate Speech probably today.