iraqi war veteran

Do you know what Nancy Pelosi did?

Representative Tammy Duckworth, the physically disabled, 8-month pregnant, Iraqi War veteran has been advised by her obstetrician not to travel until her baby is born.  The thing is, it’s election time for the leadership of the Democratic Party, which is currently held by Speaker Pelosi.  Duckworth wrote to Pelosi requesting that she be allowed to vote by proxy rather than travel to the capital.

Pelosi said no.  She said she didn’t want to set a precedent (allowing a pregnant woman to vote by proxy, or a member, perhaps).

Do you see the wrongs here?  I can’t, because I’m blinded by rage.  Remember that Pelosi is supposed to be a feminist.

This Veterans Day at the museum, Iraqi War veteran and artist Aaron Hughes hosted Tea, a ceremony and discussion exploring memories of war, detention, dehumanization, and love. When stationed in Iraq, Hughes saw how sharing a cup of tea—or declining one—can unite or divide people. Hughes has been collecting tea stories from veterans over the years and shares them as part of the ceremony.

[Tea at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Gretchen Scott]


Head Canon for a Modern AU Hungry Like a Wolf

*He’s found himself distracted from his writing and in a deep depression since his mother’s passing

*He is in town seeking a peaceful and quiet place to complete his book, away from family dramatics

*The book is about a injured Iraqi war veteran combating PTSD

*He is fast approaching his novel’s deadline, his publishers are breathing down his neck. The worst part of his day is reading his email

*He has always been fascinated with the military, the fact that his twisted legs and his disease have prevented him from following in his father’s footsteps, is a great source of pain for him

*People often mistakingly assume he is an injured vet, when hearing of the subject which he writes

*When Ragnar died, he had to drop out of college with a semester left. The chaos that followed Ragnar’s death had prevented him from going back to finish

*He lives off inheritance, yet lives modestly and knows the value of a dollar

*He chain smokes to calm his nerves

*He works out to relieve stress, his psychiatrist suggested it

*He has a two pot a day coffee habit

*He recently started taking low dose antidepressants

*He smokes cannabis to help him sleep at night

*He knows he really shouldn’t drink, but he has moments of weakness. Alcohol brings too many bad things to the surface, especially after Sigurd’s death

*Ever since their mother’s death, his relationship with his brothers has been fractured

*He is very self sufficient, stubbornly so even, downright refusing help from others

*He comes across as brash and has a quiet arrogance about him

*He is very good at hiding the fact that he is in constant pain

*His pain prevents him from using his crutches often, his chair is much more efficient

*He absolutely cannot cook

*He has never been in a relationship, but he is by no means inexperienced

*Women always seem to be attracted to him, that is… until he opens his mouth

*He would never admit how very, very lonely he truly is

allthefandomss  asked:

Hi! I love your blog! Can you do another Steve PTSD one? With the other avengers finding out somehow?

Tony was the first to realize that Steve’s fairly frequent trips to the local VA Hospital were not strictly out of the kindness of the veteran’s heart. Sure, that had something to do with it, and maybe Sam suspected what was really going on, since he had connected Steve with the group, but one day, he asked Steve if he wanted to invite some of them over.

“Some of who?”

“The other people in your group at the hospital.” Steve looked up, eyes questioning how Tony knew about the PTSD support group that he ‘volunteered’ at, but Tony cut him off by simply saying, “Bird man over there,” and nodding towards Sam.

Steve’s next reaction was to make a joke of it. “What, have them all over for a play date?”

“Sure,” Tony replied with a shrug. “Or whatever. What about a Veteran’s Day barbecue? No fireworks, Scouts honor.”

“You weren’t a Boy Scout.”

Tony only shrugged. Sometimes, Steve still had a hard time trusting that Tony was being that altruistic, but then he’d share something from his time in captivity that would resonate with Steve, and the questions would subside. “Maybe.”

In the end, he invited two of his friends from the VA, an older gentleman who also fought in WWII, and a woman in her 20′s who was an Iraqi war veteran. He introduced them as Bill and Sandy, respectively, and they were welcomed like part of the family. They all knew that Steve volunteered for the group, and that was just one more hint for Natasha. What convinced her, however, was when Sandy’s offhandedly mentioned that a car driving down the road reminded her of her first car, Steve responded with so much interest and enthusiasm.

“Which one?” His keen interest was that of man who understood what those little nostalgic moments meant and how they kept a person grounded. Bill even perked up, the three of them all having that memory of driving their first car that they carried through their own wars with them. In that moment, they were all kids again, just kids handed weapons and a uniform, undamaged and bright eyed, and Natasha’s heart broke.

At the Jensen & Misha panel at jibcon this past weekend, a fan asked Jensen if Dean and Cas’s relationship was a result of the war they fought together. 

I had never considered this facet of their relationship. I have always thought that there was something lingering - something intimate - about some of the looks they’ve shared over the years but I chocked it up to romantic love. This question - and Jensen and Misha’s answers to it - has opened up a whole new window into their relationship for me. 

As an Iraq war combat veteran, I can say that some of the most intense and lasting friendships of my life have been a result of my time in combat. The experiences of war can never be explained to those who have not been there. Words can not do it justice.

As much as I love Supernatural, I’ve never really thought of what the boys go through as “war.” But to them, it is. To them, it is life and death. It is the end of the world.

While I am grateful to have this new way of looking at Dean and Cas’s relationship, I don’t know if I will ever be able to sexually/romantically ship them again. The “fox hole buddy” or “battle buddy” relationship is so much more than that. The people you fight beside, especially that one who never leaves your side - no matter what - become something between family, friend, and savior. Which is exactly what Cas and Dean are to each other.