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Sarah Palin Officially Made a Whore Out of Iraq Veterans and PTSD

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Honestly, she made a whore out of us all and if I am going to whore out the name of Veteran, the least I can do is get a 10% discount off something.  I haven’t used the above picture in a while, but if you are new to this blog that is my Platoon heading to Iraq in 2003 and my de-facto, “someone made me angry picture.”  Sorry for the middle fingers, but a little-known fact is that it is remarkably hard to take pictures of Marines without at least one giving you the bird.  Sarah Palin’s son Track beat up his girlfriend after an argument this week and by all reports that I can find, the police found his girlfriend hiding under a bed with red marks around her eye and knee.  Oh, the knee is because after he punched her in the eye he kicked her while she was down.  Reportedly, he then grabbed an AR-15 and threatened to kill himself or her.  She called the police and when they arrived, he was totally wasted and on the phone talking to someone.  I don’t know who, but if I had my guess, it would be mommy.  So thanks, Mr. Track Palin for doing your fellow Veteran buddies less than a solid and oh, thanks for bringing out the AR-15 because it’s not like there is not enough negative publicity running around about those these days.  But this letter is not about you Track, for you may very well have issues in need of assistance, it’s about mommy dearest and I’m a little pissed because she took an entire generation of Veterans and used us for political cover.

What is in the Name Veteran?

To be a Veteran means lots of things and I don’t know, as much as we might like it, whether it is helpful to define it beyond the fact that we all served.  No one speaks for us all and there is hardly one caricature that could define us as a group.  Some were Marines, some were Army.  Some were Grunts and some were POGs.  Some saw combat while others pecked away at a computer.  Some are conservative and some are liberal, but in the end, Veteran is a broad descriptive term rather than a definitive description of our entire being.  It is a part of us, not the whole, and yes, some have PTSD while others do not.  To be clear, I do not.

Here is what Sarah Palin said about her son to the public, “I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room because my own family going through what we’re going through today with my son, a combat vet …  like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened,” Palin said. “They come back wondering if there is that respect for what their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to the country.”

Palin and Trump on Veterans

Just curious if anyone up there in Alaska has seen Trick waiting for hours in a VA medical center or if perhaps his family can afford the best private medical care around?  Just some thoughts. Mrs. Palin, have you considered that drawing a direct connection between combat experience and the propensity to punch a woman in the face is less than helpful to all the combat vets out there whose family is neither rich nor influential?  General Mattis in a famed speech made it clear to us that we are not broken or damaged goods, but you sure made us sound that way to bail you out of a political jam.  For the Vets just looking to put food on the table, we might not vote for you in a Presidential election, but Blue Falcon of the year is a strong possibility.

Whoring Out the Name Veteran

There is a time and place to use the name Veteran and some are less than helpful in my opinion.  When a Veteran gets arrested for doing something crazy, say punching his girlfriend while drunk, I hate it when the media mentions he is a Veteran.  Out of all the possible influences that day, why is it that the fact he is a Veteran that is the most consequential?

Track was drinking heavily that night, so I wonder what percentage of domestic violence incidents in America take place under the umbrella of alcohol.  Track is also a rich kid to a powerful parent, so I wonder what percentage of rich kids whose parent bailed them out of trouble growing up have difficulties seeing the consequences of their actions?  Palin would have been more on target, in my opinion, to say, “Well, Track was a drunk rich kid and you know those drunk rich kids act towards women.”  My son might experience combat one day, but still though, if he punches a woman he is going to have to answer to me no matter how old I am.

Veteran calling

I always cringe a little bit when a reality competition like America’s Got Talent comes on and the contestant opens up with something along the lines of, “Hello, my name is Bob and I juggle cats.  When I was in Iraq, the thought of juggling cats got me through some hard times in the war because I was in Iraq and there was a war going on.  So I am going to juggle cats for because that was my dream when I was in Iraq.  In combat, did I mention combat….. Iraq?”

The Word Veteran is a Higher Calling Not a Crutch

I’m not saying people like that are making a whore out of the word Veteran, but they aren’t exactly inviting her home to meet the parents.  The word Veteran should be used as a symbol of greatness that you must then live up to and its esteemed merit.  It is not a term used to gain sympathy for a seriously less than stellar talent or be used as an excuse to sink towards behavior beneath the term.  The word Veteran is an upward call, period, end of question.  Yes, some Veterans struggle and that is nothing of which to be ashamed, but the calling to the title should be higher with an always forward mentality.  We don’t need anyone’s mommy to pat us on the head and say don’t mind him, he is just a damaged Veteran.

That is why it is okay to highlight you are a Veteran owned business, because that higher calling should gift you respect, not charity. Just like in my last article where I mentioned StreetShares investing in Veteran Owned businesses, they are investing because they have made a strategic bet in the capacity of Veterans to build something great.  They believe in you, not pity you.  If you try to pitch cat juggling to them, they are going to pass no matter how many times you mention the word Iraq.

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In World War 2, Mel Brooks spent time clearing German land mines as a combat engineer.  Once after his show The Producers, which made satire of Hitler, a WW2 Veteran came up to him and chastised him saying, “You shouldn’t have done that, I was a WW2 Veteran and a lot of good men died fighting Hitler.”  Mel Brooks responded as only he could, “Really, I was in WW2, I didn’t see you there.”  Perhaps it is not such a bad idea to aspire to the upward call of the word Veteran so much so that at the end of our life, people are shocked that we served because we were so great at something else.  Track Palin beats his girlfriend because he served in Iraq?  Really, I was in Iraq, I didn’t see him there.

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9 Comments

  1. Well written. Apparently, while AK Gov Palin was in office, her son, Track, with several of his friends, went to a liquor store, stole alcohol, drank alcohol, then CUT the brake lines of many local school buses. To avoid jail time, Track enlisted in the military. If true, Track had emotional problems prior to his military service. What a “can of worms”! Track is just a thug!

  2. Sir, you are a prime example of why I love talking to other ex service personnel I’m lucky to chat to when I visit from the other side of the pond. ‘Side’Track is great example of a f**knugget that makes all of us look like unstable d-bags. As you lot say a real blue falcon bet he’s a space shuttle door gunner too!

  3. To be honest this is something that just about every politician does. They all politicize those who have served. Sarah Palin is not one of my favorite people but to single her out isn’t fair. But, then, there are also those who served who come home and take advantage of every charity organization they can whether they need it or not. There are those that come out thinking that because they served they are due or owed something. I’ve never served in the military (though I did apply) but I have worked in service industries my entire life. Never have I felt I was due or owed anything because of the service I provided. I receive my paycheck but I don’t expect gratitude or acclamation or even a thank you. We serve to serve, not to be served.

    • The thing is you never been in military, people who don’t know what it like or about think that there pay is enough. OK when the last time your job told you that for 15 month you could not go home. You could not talk or see your kids. When the last time you got the call at 3 am and then had leave on the spot not time for goodbyes. You work 24/7 yes you have off days as long nothing happens but the minute something goes down you have to leave. When the last time your job told you by the way next month your moving to over sea here all paper work get done or your family can’t go. It not like they can say no we just start making thing happen . I been a military wife for 12 years and the pay these guys get is a joke. We stay in because it is a job that we know will be there tomorrow , we do have medical ( not as good but it there) and housing. We make less then 60,000 a year with bah including but we never see that money. So to sit there and say then men and women don’t need a thank you. That made me so mad. They need hand out and thank you because there doing the selfless job most can’t do. Yes they pick to go into the military this try and I pick go be a military wife. But someone has to do it. They go off war knowing not everyone will make it back. They do this is this country can stay free and people like you can say what they want about the military and get away with it. They make sure no other countries try take what is ours. With out or military we would have nothing so yes they need thank you and support .

      • Sorry about the spelling I got new phone the other day and having a hard time using it. Didn’t proof read till it was posted could not get it scroll up 🙁

  4. I heard he has PTSD. Don’t know but I think that is something vets get and it causes emotional problems. Sucks what he did, and he needs to be held accountable. But when you have PTSD, your brain isn’t screwed in correctly, vets do things they would never do and just need to see professional help. I don’t know about previous problems, we have all done stupid things when young. Don’t jump to conclusions. Innocent before proven guilty. You can do that at least for anybody, let alone a vet. Just get him help. And if you are doing this for political gain, throwing a fellow vet under the bus, I swear, you are lower than life.

  5. Good read as always Jeff. I picked up on her message as soon as I heard it. I always held my kids accountable and didn’t make excuses for them. Our experiences do make us a little different but I believe they also make us better in a lot of ways. If you took a poll of our Plt all these years later you would see that most of us have done pretty well. Sadly it seems that Vets are most know for what a few idiots do because that is what makes the news.

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