The “Vietnam” Civilian Mentality, By Dominic Mancuso

One thing I have learned since day one of my enlistment, through all 3 trips to the sandbox, and since becoming a Veteran, is that not everyone in this country follows the maxim of "Support our Troops." As much as I wish the days of the Vietnam era soldiers and Veteran mistreatment-movement was over, I can say from personal experience they are not completely gone, though I do believe we are on the tail end of that mantra. The [...]

Tribal Mentality (Part 3), By Dominic Mancuso

Tribal Mentality (Part 3 of 3) In part 1 and 2 I inexhaustibly explained how service in the US Armed Forces builds a quasi belonging to a greater “thing”.  It inducts us into the Warrior subculture of the United States and it is something we are all fiercely proud of. The issue comes when we leave the service, and are literally flung to the wind that is civilian society. Cast overboard like a useless broken or extensively used barrel to [...]