War, Wives and a Near Suicide – NYTimes.com

War, Wives and a Near Suicide – NYTimes.com.

Heartbreaking. and it happens all too often.

Campbell soldier collapses in training, dies – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times

Campbell soldier collapses in training, dies – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A Fort Campbell soldier has died after collapsing during physical training at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

A statement Thursday from the Army says the death Monday of 29-year-old Spc. James Lewis Smith of Conway, Ark., is under investigation.

Smith was a water treatment specialist assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He joined the Army in May 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2011.

The statement says Smith is survived by his wife, Rachel Smith; daughter, Hannah Smith; father, James Smith and mother, Carol Smith, all of New Philadelphia, Ohio.


Wish I could say this was the first time I’ve known this to happen but it’s not even the 4th time I’ve known it to happen. Shit like this happens here allllllll the time.

Warrior Pose Part Of Rehab For Army Veterans : NPR

Warrior Pose Part Of Rehab For Army Veterans : NPR.

It Takes a Lot for a Medic to Become ‘Doc’

FORT HOOD — Not just any combat medic is a “doc.”

The relationship between medics and the line units in which they serve is a special one — and critical. Respect is key and it isn’t given automatically.

Trust plays a bigger role than one might realize, Sharp said. It’s a problem if soldiers question whether their medics can help them when they need it most. They have to have the utmost trust in their medics and that isn’t inherent in the role. Medics have to work for that trust before they get that “doc” nickname, Sharp said.

via It takes a lot for a medic to become ‘doc’.

I thought this was a great article highlighting the importance of the work that medics do, especially on the battlefield. Now that my DH has the advanced clearance he needs to change his MOS to intelligence he won’t be going back out on the line, which I know was a tough choice for him to make, but I’m sure he will always be “Doc” to the soldiers whose lives and limbs he saved. And he’ll always be “Doc” to me. But I am more than ready to leave Fort Campbell and get stared with the next phase of our Army life, which will not include any more deployments like the ones he has already done, thank goodness.

Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) « Iconic Photos

Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) « Iconic Photos.

Take a look back at some of Tim’s best work, and remember the life of someone who truly lived to help others and make the world a better place. Maybe that’s why so many soldiers responded to him and were able to open up to him and to Sebastian Junger to make Restrepo, they recognized in him the same drive to make the world better that drives them.

RIP Tim. The world is a sadder place without you in it.

Tim Hetherington, co-director of ‘Restrepo,’ killed in Libya – CNN.com

Tim Hetherington, co-director of ‘Restrepo,’ killed in Libya – CNN.com.

I am devastated by the death of Tim Hetherington, the brilliant co-creator of Restrepo. Typical of Tim he died in Libya, on the front lines of the changing world, documenting the stories that need to be told. Both DH and I had the privilege of meeting and talking to Tim at the Restrepo screening that I helped set up here and I was so impressed with his intelligence, his commitment to telling the stories of people who are often overlooked, and his desire to create positive change in the world. Today the world has lost the voice and vision of a true artist, and we will all be worse off for it. Thank you Tim, for Restrepo and for your lifetime of work documenting people’s voices. We will never forget you.  Give Doc Restrepo a hug for us when you see him.

**note to ridiculously ignorant stalker – see? ALL good medics are called “Doc”, it’s not them calling themselves doctors you freaking moron, it’s an honorific given in recognition of the work they do to save lives.**


Normally I’d be sad that it’s our anniversary and DH isn’t here to share it with me, however today I’m happy because he got his report date for our new post. So now it’s as official as anything gets in the Army – we are out of here! I am not thrilled with our new duty station but it’s far, far better than Fort Campbell. And it’s a short report date, so as DH comes home we will start clearing. I always said that next to getting married leaving Fort Campbell would be the happiest day of my life so I am beyond excited that we now have an official report date. Since DH now has the TS clearance he needs to switch his MOS he will be changing his job and hopefully won’t deploy again for a long time. Happy Anniversary indeed!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.