Stryker the Seige of Sadr City
Several months ago through twitter I was blessed to meet and befriend Sgt. Ludwig. He is an incredibly funny and likeable person and upon learning that he was writing a book about his experiences in Iraq and in particular the Siege of Sadr City, I took it upon myself to try and be a motivating presence in his life. I would imagine he would describe me more as comic relief and a pain in the butt while he was undertaking those initial rewrites. I would often send him random messages such as ” Stop playing on the net! Get back to work!”. Not that he ever needed my motivation though, he was and is very focused on the task at hand.
Not all of this on my part was meant to be silly. As a strong supporter of our Military I am very curious to hear what actually happened to our soldiers in Sadr City. The media has told their side but we haven’t been given the facts by the Soldiers who actually fought there.
“Despite ongoing progress and a never ending fight to have our voice heard, there is very little about our story that makes it onto the nightly news without a filter or an agenda.” Sgt Ludwig
Now is that opportunity
I won’t try and speak for Sgt Ludwig you can find out who he is here and why telling this story is so very important to him. I implore you to click on that link and read his story. We ask so much from our Soldiers and in return they give us everything they have. They ask so little in return and that is EXACTLY what we give them. As little as we possibly can. This just needs to change.
It began as a confession, a letter to old friends, and an attempt to confront the things that I had experienced. My initial goal was to shed some light on what happened, the things I had to do, and why I’ll never be the same. As the project unfolded, however, it turned out that there was much more at stake than my own well-being…
Sixteen veterans commit suicide every day. Failed marriages among service members are more than 60% higher than they were in 2001. Pentagon studies now suggest that the average soldier who has spent ten years in the Army has spent more than five of those in combat. And even though we number in the millions, the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are still a relatively silent demographic. We are represented through faint caricatures of our true form, and surrounded by countless stigmas of assumption and stereotype. In reality, we are just like you: we are the same flesh and blood, with the same hopes and dreams – and yes, even the same political divisions and thoughts on the war.
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