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Psychological preparation for war: early life experiences

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, USA   A casualty from an outside location carried to a helicopter for transport to US Military Hospital Kuwait in 2005 I suspect that few early life experiences fully prepare one psychologically for the realities of war. Mine certainly did not. However, my introduction to post-traumatic stress and moral injury, […]

Combat hospital chaplain

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, USA   Top photo – Several members of NMCB23 visit their former “Chaps” (in blue sweatshirt) and “Doc” (author standing next to chaplain) on their way home from Iraq. Bottom photo – Chaplain (left) and author at St. Patrick’s Day “party” on grounds of US Military Hospital Kuwait in 2005. […]

He is not coming back

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, USA     US Military Hospital Kuwait (2005) surrounded by large concrete barriers with “seating” at base.  These relatively private seats were the frequent site for all sorts of meetings; counseling sessions, grief reactions, friendly meetings, unfriendly meetings, gripe sessions, etc.  (Author is middle individual in photo). “Good evening, skipper.” […]

Signs

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, United States     Signs may be confusing and convey different meanings to various audiences (US military camp, Kuwait 2005). “This is no way to treat soldiers!” The lieutenant colonel was furious as he screamed at me over the phone.  After sufficient venting had occurred, I ventured a nonthreatening interjection. […]

Negotiation

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, USA   Kuwaiti – U.S. military medical cooperation. Author is fourth individual from left in back row. “We appreciate what you Americans have done for us in the past. But we will not allow you to come into our hospital uniformed and armed.” It was their country, their hospital, and […]

Thank you for your service

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, USA   US Military Hospital Kuwait at Camp Arifjan in the summer of 2005. As a reservist, I had heard those words on numerous occasions. I appreciated and understood that those words were not directed specifically towards me, but rather to the uniform that I was wearing. Although I had […]

Blame

Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia   US Army Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter With so much intentional killing and death in war, one might think that an occasional accidental or natural death would go unnoticed and uninvestigated. This was not my experience. In war, killing and death are often viewed through a blameless lens. However, accidental […]