Combat

Nick Russell on September 11th, 2011

Note: This is a repost of a blog I wrote on September 11, 2009,  but I think the message is just as relevant today. – Bad Nick Today I hope you take at least a few moments to remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our nation ten years […]

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Nick Russell on September 6th, 2010

Despite the August 31 deadline to end combat operations in Iraq, and President Obama’s declaration that the U.S. combat role had ended there, yesterday American troops found themselves in the middle of a gun battle, when insurgents attacked their base in Baghdad. Combat knows no calendar. According to an Associated Press news story, twelve people […]

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Nick Russell on August 19th, 2010

The newscasts Wednesday were full of video clips of smiling American troops rolling  out of Iraq and across the border into Kuwait, with reports that the last combat troops were finally leaving that desert hellhole, seven years and five months after the U.S. invasion to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein. I’m sure that those soldiers are […]

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Nick Russell on February 7th, 2010

In America, two states, Washington and Oregon, legally allow assisted suicides for terminally ill patients who choose to end their lives. 34 states have laws making assisting suicide a crime, and the remaining states have laws somewhere in between, or do not have an official stand on the matter. The Supreme Court has ruled that […]

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Nick Russell on December 15th, 2009

Unlike during my time in uniform, these days the American people are showing a much deserved appreciation for our military, and rightly so. Welcome home parades, yellow ribbons on trees and utility poles, a smile and a “thank you” go a long, long way toward making them feel welcomed back home. Some people are going a […]

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Nick Russell on September 1st, 2009

At one time I knew a woman who had been a teenage victim of incest. It was a terrible thing to have happened, and I truly sympathized with her for a while. But the more I got to know her, the more I realized that she had never dealt with the experience, in spite of […]

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