This may be the most powerful thing I've ever posted (Video-Please read text before viewing)

I’ve been trying to convince myself not to put this video on the site for a while. If you’re not in the mood to take in something extremely powerful, please just click-out of this post. However, if you want to give it a go…I ask that you take a step back from your personal politics and view it as a strong reminder that war is very real, “War is Hell”. This is a 16 minute interview with a female mortuary assistant that served in Iraq. She experiences a unique and horrific aspect of war. If you think you are tough, this video may make you reconsider what tough really is. Again, I’m only posting this because it would be cheating to turn away from the many different elements of sacrifice that humans in service make. Please try to remove your political views if you click “play”.

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  • Bob

    Powerful post, Rick.
    I hope the Marine is continuing her treatment for PTSD.
    Anyone involved in the ugliness that is war can be affected but her job had to be the worst I can think of.
    Thanks for posting this, does give one something to think about. Bob J.

    • Rick

      thanks, I usually don't watch over my posts but this one's not my normal b.s., it just matters

      • Gary

        This reminds me of the HBO movie: Taking Chance with Kevin Bacon. Really enjoyed that movie. Thanks for this post. My heart goes out to all soldiers serving.

  • Bill57

    I once had tp pick up a body from an apartment in new jersey on a hot summer evening I will never forget that smell. My experiance was easy compared to hers God Bless all the soldiers who have to be there

  • Stan

    Powerful post, thanks for sharing

  • Ara

    Wow. no other words…

  • LansingMI

    My wife's cousin returned from two tours in Afghanistan recently. His dad is an R.N. so he went in as a medic looking to get help with college. I came over to his place after he got back. A little "welcome home" sort of thing since he had asked everyone to avoid a big party.

    I saw him sitting on his couch, staring out of the window wearing one black sock and boxer shorts. He couldn't see me but I could see him. I cannot find exact words for the look in his eyes. Like he was a million miles away. Empty.

    I counted out 17 minutes on my watch. Seventeen minutes of him just sitting there, staring at his own reflection. It was one of the most unsettling things I've ever seen. Even more unnerving was that when I went inside finally, he acted like he was just right in the middle of getting ready and, "oh gosh, where has the time gone, thanks for getting beer!" Up and at 'em.

    I guess there's not really a point to this post. I just want my brothers and sisters returning from abroad to know that your civilian friends and family are here for you. We may not understand what you went through but we do care. Please let us in.

    • Rick

      thank you for sharing that, powerful

    • Bob

      Viet-Nam vets call it 'The Thousand Yard Stare', I am sure there is a new name for it by now but it is common to combat vets.

      Very nice post Lansing.

      • semperfi

        nope, im in the marine corps and we still call it the thousand yard stare

  • davey

    very powerful and disturbing.

    The horrors witnessed are unforgettable… unfortunately.

  • op:4

    Wow! Powerful punch to the gut. Thank you for posting this.

    These are the unspoken hero’s of the fallen. I cannot imagine the intestinal fortitude it must take to serve in this role.

    Again, wow…

  • Zoomie

    Made my heart hurt

  • pwrngod

    To say the least, it was uncomfortable to watch and to think about. I am proud of Jess and all who undertake the heartbreaking responsibility of caring for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice…

    I will be reading her book.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Ceci Benning

    My heart and prayers goes out to you and to all serving and veterans in the USA ArmedForces. I'm working aboard the USMC (MCCS) and also a volunteer hugger for our Troops….

  • jerryo

    Very, very moving…I truly hopes she gets all the help available to her. As do all our returning Vets. Our troops both past and present deserve a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay. Let's just bring our men and women home soon. Thank you for the post.

  • Pete

    My brother is a 26-year, retired, Marine CWO2. He's shown me the pictures of his tours. When I ask him to explain some of them he says; "If I have to explain it, you wouldn't truly understand it." Just listening to Jess talk, you hear the words, but don't truly understand the anguish. God Bless her for taking on this duty. There's a special place in Heaven for her.

  • sam

    My father was a green beret and did 4 back to back tours in Vietnam. He has seen and done things that I can never imagine. He would never talk to me about them but has talked to my husband. I always take away my political feelings when reading or watching anything to do with war or soldiers. When it comes right down to it they are doing their jobs. I hate that this young lady had to endure these things, and continues to deal with them today.

    I'm glad that in this day and age that our soldiers are appreciated and loved for the most part. My dad was spit on the minute his foot touched American soil, called names that would crush lesser men's souls, but is still proud of what he did there and what he accomplished. He also has severe PTSD and severe depression to this day. Growing up with him was difficult to be sure. I don't know any other military families, so I don't know if having your father tell you your whole life "if you hear me moving around in the house in the middle of the night get under your bed or in your closet and keep quiet" you can't imagine how terrifying it is to have to do that and then watch him crawl around in the yard in his camo looking for people to kill who aren't there. Even then i knew something was terribly wrong and I don't think he will ever be "right". Imagine your neighbors noticing these things and then being shunned because they think your father is crazy. All I wanted to scream was he did these things for you and this is how you repay him.

    I want any soldier who reads this to know that I appreciate you. I know the sacrafices you and your families have made for our country and I will never be able to thank you enough.

  • mongoose5271

    An amazing post, Rick. I've seen and read many interviews from service people and one common sentiment is that one can not truly understand combat or the results unless one experiences it. This one is going to stick with me for quite some time. The one incident where Jess and her group were told to wait for the Marine to die because he beyond saving brought me down. I can't imagine having to stand there and watch someone breath their last and I'm certain I would've left the room as well. Incomprehensible. Thanks for your work, Rick and good luck to Jess.

  • OEFvet

    While in Afghanistan I was tasked with the additional duty of loading of our fallen for their final flight home. Almost every day and night I carried one or more fallen brothers and secured them onboard the aircraft. 156 in total, a number i will not, despite my best efforts, ever forget. To see a C-17 floor covered in flag-drapped caskets is one of the most devastating sights one could ever imagine. It is a vision that will follow me until my own casket is covered with the American Flag I so proudly defended.
    Politics did not exist while carrying our guys on board for that final flight. We continued our duties even as rockets fell around us, failure was not an option under any circumstance. I'd be especially damned if was going to allow those assholes to interrupt my brothers final act in defense of his country. There are no medals or commendations for those of us who helped bring our brothers home, nor would we wear any, but there are plenty of mental scars that go along with the duty. The only reward was knowing that somewhere in our great land a family would be whole again, if only for a minute.

  • Marine dad

    My son mentioned an IED one Marine stepped on, he told the rest to go on . They did , and then there was a red mist where his brother Marine just was. I prayed that my son would not come home under a flag, and I feel so selfish for doing so. I'm just a dad , not a Marine. My father in law, brother in law , oldest son are all Marines. My youngest will follow his brothers foot steps after high school. God bless our son's and daughter's for thier service, and for thier families as well. Thank you for posting this as much as it hurts we need to do our part in thier return home. It's a hellofa thing to set down and watch tv knowing your son spends days outside of the wire with folks trying to kill him. Very humbling.

  • donmichael64

    Our Daily Prayers are with you all. God Bless.

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