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A young woman who served in the Army copes with losing her leg in the war against terror.

I served my country, and this is the thanks I get: spit upon by strangers, nasty looks, snide comments.  I get anything but praise and support, and the thought of it all is eating me alive ...

I didn't ask to go to war, but I wanted to make a difference for our nation and show my support by enlisting in the United States Army.  Where did I go? Iraq.  I saw war, disease, pestilance in the worst way.  I then got hit by enemy fire, and the life I knew was changed forever ...

I lost my leg when it became infected.  I'm now an amputee.  I walk on a prosthetic leg now, but for a long time, crutches were my mode of transportation.  I can walk like any other person; most people don't even know that I have a fake leg 'less I tell them or show them.  That's how good I walk.

I get VA disability.  100%.  I get free medical care and transportation to doctors' appointments or any other military-based function.  I can go on the local Army base and get what I need at the BX.  I carry a card stating of my time in the military, and I can still fit in my uniform.  Life should be good, right?

Nothing could be further from the truth.

First of all, I have ongoing phantom pain.  My darn brain thinks my leg is still there, and I have sharp, stabbing pains in my stump.  It's about to drive me crazy! And if I accidentally hit my stump against something ... it is all I can do to keep from throwing up all over!

Secondly, I have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  I have ongoing nightmares of what I saw, smelled, tasted, felt, heard while in Iraq.  Saw some nasty things that I shouldn't have seen; war is indeed hell on not only the soldiers battling on the front lines, but for anyone directed in the line of fire or elsewhere where war rages ...

I am seeing a shrink now to help me deal with the memories.  In fact, it was she who suggested that I take this up, this journal writing, as a way of dealing with conflicting emotions or feelings ...

So if I start using profane language in here, don't be offended.  I have a lot of anger in me that I need to get rid of, and I have to work it out myself; this is one of those ways.  So please bear with me.

*To be continued.*

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/6/2010
God bless her. Patrick
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 11/1/2010
I fully understand as my husband served thirthy years and have been everywhere and seen lot that shouldn't have been, he too has been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not fun. It is a serious illness not seen by the eyes. This is a great write Karen, thank you for sharing it.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/30/2010
Heartbreaking words in this piece, sad they are forgotten while they are still here...
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/29/2010
It is sad that our service men and women are forgotten in this way, breaks my heart well told story though...
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/29/2010
Service and sacrifice, forgotten, here at home ... painfully penned, Karen. :( Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/29/2010
Much too true, Karen. Well done write my friend. God bless.

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