The Change Back To Normality Military service is difficult, demanding and dangerous no matter the job. But returning to civilian life also poses challenges for the men and women who have served in the armed forces. It was a different time, during the Vietnam era, where people had mixed feelings about the military and how people were transitioning back. Now there is a different perspective on returning vets. Experiencing traumatic events, being seriously injured, and serving in (actual) combat effect and change a person, sometimes for the worse. As I, along with other veterans, now look back at the complicated struggles of the transition from the military into normality, I can honestly say it has not been as easy as civilians might think, but with the help there is now, I assume everything will be ok. My journey in the military started when I was a skinny, immature, naive, little boy who had just graduated from high school with no intentions of going past my initial three years of enlistment. It was a hot day in South Texas in the middle of June when the recruiter convinced me of joining. I had seen two of my uncles come back from desert storm as changed men, one of whom was for the better, except for the other was lost without help in a strange dilemma. He said he felt like he was still over there. Now, the possibility of me returning like that scared me but I never expected to come back any different than when I left (which was at 17). Little did I know I would experience the things I did The kind of bond a soldier makes with another who would simultaneously lay his life on the line is nothing that can be found in the civilian life with a childhood friend of 20 plus years. The two are just not the same. Thomas Garces was both of them. He was a cocky athletic boy when I first met him in a cross country race in 1998. I was then able to witness him mature into a diligent profound man as we grew closer together in his short life while serving in the military. It was my second deployment in the beginning of September 2004 when he took my spot in the gunner’s seat without hesitation. That was the kind of guy he was, he would take the shirt off his back for your comfort. Early that September morning, while on a short convoy, my vehicle that he swapped me for was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. The Humvees at the time were no better than a regular car driven in the states, therefore the blow given by the (IED) was detrimental to Garces’ life. He was killed in action and a piece of me was taken with him. We are afraid to get attached to anyone because we have learned that the people we love get killed, and we cannot face that pain again. I tried marriage once before, and despite lack of closure, it did not work out well at all and ended up in a nasty divorce. It is a proven fact that the majority of married couples who served post 911 had a harder time readjusting to the family life. The irony in that is that when deployed, you are with some sort of family! It is just not the same. There is no way around it, war is a horrible thing, but there is nothing like a life-and-death fight to make you feel more truly alive! With that being said, it is not as easy as it seems to go from a war type environment to a new subtle silence. The switch was much easier to turn on than it has been to turn off. Some of us return horribly damaged, physically and psychologically only to fight another war. . I had only been home a few weeks after serving 12 years and 5 deployments in the United States infantry, in some of the most remote areas, deployed with some of the toughest units, and I had my mom nagging me like an annoying mosquito with thoughts and ideas of what she wanted for me now that I was back. I was in the kitchen one afternoon, making a sandwich, when Imelda (mom) came in and repeatedly asked me, “What are you going to do? I think you…
Purpose: To conduct experiments and to determine whether they are physical or chemical changes Pre-Lab Notes: Before we conduct these experiments there are some topics that we must discuss. As I stated in the purpose, in this lab we are going to be looking at some experiments, and we have to determine whether they are a cause of chemical or physical changes. The purpose for all the labs that we will be doing will be the same. During a
Creationists And Darwinists
Questions on the origin of life…
finished changing, you’re finished”. Change is such a fundamental process undertaken by all. The concept is timeless and universal, experienced by mankind since creation, still experienced by me today. Without change, society, and individuals within would falter and eventually cease.
Change is a pervasive concept of which my understanding developed significantly throughout the area of study. I initially began the course with no recognition of the importance ‘change’ held within my own life. I saw…
October 7, 2013
In Anton Chekhov’s “Lady with the Dog”, Gurov is a married man with children that seeks out women to sleep with them for his pleasure. Gurov’s life, however, takes a turn when he meets a young woman while on vacation in Yalta. When Gurov meets her he has little interest in her as anything more than another conquest. In this story, Gurov begins as a man incapable of love and trapped in a marriage with a woman he is afraid of, and then he unexpectedly changes when he falls in…
Change is normal. That’s how we grow and evolve as humans. As stated by Dr. Spencer Johnson, “if you do not change, you can become extinct”(Johnson, 2002). Change is difficult for most people. They like what they have grown accustomed to and prefer to stay in their “comfort zone” They detest being stretched beyond the limit of their comfort zone. Some are pushed outside their comfort zone by…
When Change Is Not A Change
In the novel Animal Farm, insight is given into the origins, progress, and outcomes of revolutions. When the animals in Animal Farm revolt it is an analogy of a human revolution. A revolution is the overthrow of a ruler or government. Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is a condemnation of the soviet socialist revolution. Revolutions follow a predictable pattern of overthrow, and rulers and rules changing but nothing changes for non-elites.
The main causes of revolutions…
What Do The Studied Texts Say About Change?
The film “Pleasantville” and the text “Sky High” shows us change in many different ways; Emotion, looks, relationships, and lifestyles. 3 characters that show change in all different ways are David (Bud) the son, Betty the mother, and Jennifer (Mary-Sue) the daughter and David’s sister.
David (Bud) starts off in the “Real World” as David from a place where there is barely and conformity, the kid that has one friend, nerdy and geekish, likes a girl…
(1) Leading Change
Nothing is easy in the beginning. Especially that you want to change some things that you have already been used to it. A company must be much more difficult to change. However, when you have a sense of urgent and motivation to change company’s situation, everything might handle smoothly. I think that the most important thing is not to declare your victory too soon. First, we must under no circumstances take this lightly because difficulties do not appear only at the surface…
Change Agent Paper
February 16, 2015
Dr. Lynne Valek
Change Agent Paper
I feel that I have five characteristics that will make me an effective change agent once they are all brought together. Persistence with patience, a clear vision, ability to lead by example, not being afraid to ask the tough questions, and the ability to build trustworthy relationships are the components that will make me an effective leader. Once these things align with one another, the leadership…
Change and Innovation
Ana De La Cruz Reyes
March 29, 2015
Change and Innovation
Nothing is more certain than change, according to Leigh Richards on How Can an Organization Manage Change & Innovation in an Optimal Way?, Before all else we must accept change, we may not agree much with it but we must accept it and try an understand it in order to succeed. We are in an area where new technology emerges on a daily basis and change happens very often. Now, will you accept…
Make a change
By Wang, peiyi
In my opinion, change is necessary during society develop, it is important for people to accept positive change because positive change encourage society developing. In the short story X, Lois Gould develops his idea through X does not have exactly gender and do not accept by the society at the first of story, but when people found that X is a great kid, they start to accept it. In my own life, I also have experience to improve that change is inevitable…