Military Veterans Interviewed for Ph.D. Research Study
I know I will never be the Marine I once was. My career as a trial lawyer is over.
I know that I will now, and for the rest of my life, have problems eating, drinking, speaking, and remembering things.
I deal with those obstacles every day, but I still consider myself one of the luckiest people alive.
Justin Constantine, Lt Col (Ret.)
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
The “Hire a Hero” is a wonderful campaign. I think it’s important for them to know and completely understand what it is. You are hiring an individual, but you are not. You are hiring a unique individual. This is not somebody that just graduated out of college. This is an individual that served in some pretty unique circumstances.
Master Sergeant, Air National Guard
A decompression period is critical, but it also has to be structured. They cannot just say, okay you are back from deployment; you are on your own for a month. Decompress and we expect you to magically be good to go.
That is not decompression, that is just some random down time.
Lt Col, Marine Corps Reserve
Not everybody that comes back has had the exact same experiences. Not everybody has PTSD.
You might have transition issues, but that is normal. Anybody that went through a transition after serving in a
combat zone, there would be adjustments; it is normal to have transition issues.
Major, Wisconsin Air National Guard
The leadership is very involved in that transition out from a deployment back into the Reserve component, back into the civilian sector. Your leadership is a very integral part of that transition, because they know things about you, more than any health care provider knows sitting across from you, that person does not know you the way your leadership knows you.
Captain, Marine Corps Reserve
I do not like telling stories after a deployment. I want to decompress and get back to normal, and when you get back to your civilian career, it is "hey, what did you go through; tell me about where you were; you got pictures," tons and tons of questions, which is normal for human interaction, but at the same time it is not helpful for the healing process.
Staff Sergeant, Army Reserve
In Memory of Major Doug Zembiec
Be a person of principle. Fight for what you believe in. Keep your word. Live with integrity. Be brave. Believe in something bigger than yourself. Serve your country. Teach. Mentor. Give something back to society. Lead from the front. Conquer your fears. Be a good friend. Be humble and self-confident. Appreciate your friends and family. Be a leader and not a follower. Be valorous on the field of battle. And take responsibility for your actions.
Major Doug Zembiec, U.S. Marine Corps
Killed: May 2007, Baghdad, Iraq
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