In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I'm Back

I realize it's been some time since I posted and many loyal readers have emailed me requesting a comeback. But the truth is I could never blog like I once did in Iraq and that's partly why I stopped. I felt like a couch general and didn't think my writing was doing any good. So I stopped blogging about the military and my struggles altogether. Blogging about Iraq also made it difficult for me to move on, to readjust to my new life. It just brought back too many difficult memories to deal with.

But now, I know how to cope with those memories thanks to the counseling I've received at the VA. And I feel like it's time to come back and blog about the military again. This time, I plan to write analysis on military media coverage.

Since I've been gone from the blogsphere, I've become a national freelance journalist working for MSN, Investor's Business Daily and many other national media. You can view my work at FredWrite.com.

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At 10:23 PM, Blogger kbug said...

Welcome back, Casanova..... :)

 
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At 9:20 PM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH LOOK WHO IT IS WELCOME BACK I am excited to read,,, oh and you can put in a bit of life too. glad to see ya Shmink.. or will you be just Fred?

 
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At 9:32 PM, Blogger ProudCanadian said...

I am a sixteen year old Canadian living in los angeles at the moment and up to reading your blog i thought is was a complete waste of american resourses and human lives but after reading how you and the many other soldiers are helping to rebuild iraq and their moral i have taken a different view of the war over their, in all the media stories they show on the news i have never heard about the many good things your write about in your blogs, alot of the the news media is all about deaths and the stress it puts on the soldiers making them do things they would not normaly do. what im trying to say is thank you for letting me hear about something on the bright side about the war in iraq. Stay Safe.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Kevin E Lake said...

First of all I want to thank you for your military service!!! You are a great American!!!

I am a new soldier in the Army National Guard (Airborne 11 Bravo Hoo Ahh!!!) and am gearing up for my first deployment to Iraq at the end of this summer with the Washington National Guard. I have recently had a book published called “Homeless Across America.” It is my story of a trip I took last summer before going to boot camp at Fort Benning Georgia. I had actually lost my house as a result of a nasty divorce and I decided that with the time I had before leaving for my training I would drive a loop around the country and see what it was I, and you were fighting for. I can attest that after finishing my journey I was even more confident that I had made the right choice to join your ranks and as Toby says beside my brothers and my sisters proudly make a stand!!! If you feel so inclined please check out my blog at http://homelessacrossamerica.blogspot.com/ Again, thank you for your service and thank you for going before me. May God bless you and God Bless America!!!!!

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger kbug said...

Casanova, as you can see from the last two comments, you are here for a reason...to tell it like it is. Don't stop...

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Maggie May said...

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At 6:16 AM, Blogger Mazri said...

What a sad story. It's not your fault "working" in Iraq. It's your Presiden fault. The suffering will not begin if your country do not invade Iraq.

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