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After being away from your loved ones and the comfort of your own space, returning home inevitably brings a mixed bagged of feelings. From relief to nervousness, the rollercoaster of emotions after a deployment is a long one. What do you remember about coming home from deployment or combat? Describe how you felt in the comments and you'll be automatically entered to win 1 of 5 $100 Amazon gift cards! This contest will run from 10/26/21-11/30/21. Official rules and regulations can be found here: https://rly.pt/RALLYSWEEPSRULES
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PO2 Russell Lincoln
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For me it was certainly a mixed bag. Nervous about taking up the mantel of husband and father. Excited to see my family again and concerned that my absence made my young daughter feel like I deserted her.
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SP5 Lonyae Ransome
SP5 Lonyae Ransome
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thats amazing I cant imagine leaving my son it had to be tough on you. Glad you were able to make it through.
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After leaving Vietnam, I went to Okinawa for four days to pick up the items that I had left there and prepare to go to the states. While there, a Marine that had just arrived from Vietnam, informed me that my best friend had been killed the day after I left Vietnam. I was sad, angry and shocked. Stateside, myself and other Marines, made the trip by bus from Marine Corps Air Station El Toro to LAX. At LAX we were greeted by maggots that tried to block our way, and called us every name they could think of. One woman asked me how many babies had I killed while another told me to repent for my sins. I was in uniform so that I could fly at the military standby rate. I was not in a good mood but I kept my discipline and did not respond to these maggots as I wanted to.
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Thank you LTC Stephen F.!
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SPC Lyle Montgomery
SPC Lyle Montgomery
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I ran into these loosers in Seatle and Denver but when I arrived in Omaha Nebraska people were different. Of course there were assholes there too but most people were good. I live in a small town 20 miles south of Omaha and people there were great, so not everybody were dickheads. After getting home I was a pallbearer to a best friend who was killed in Vietnan shortly after I got home
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PO3 Trinkette Bishop
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That is horrible! Thank you for your service. You should not have been treated that way.
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PO3 Trinkette Bishop - Thank you. I appreciate your response!
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CPL Ryan Thibault
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Excited and a little scared too. I would always be so excited to see friends & loved ones but I always felt a little anxious because I didn’t want to be different from what they were hoping to see.
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