Veteran’s Stories: John Ready’s Take on Life

Don’t Forget to Breathe

By John Ready | Jan 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

What do you mean I snore?   And how the Hell would I know? I’m not awake when it happens.   A few years after my deployment, I was told by family members and passersby that I snored. Badly. I mean, it got to the point where my son, who was training to be an […]

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This Might Have Been a Bad Idea

By John Ready | Jan 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

I must be out of my freakin’ tree…   That’s what was running through my mind. There were a lot of things going through my mind, but that’s the one that was in bold caps.   By then, of course, it was too late. I was already outside the Piper Cub airplane. And this was […]

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Iraq Politics: If You’re Not Gonna Pull the Trigger, Don’t Point the Gun

By John Ready | Jan 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Iraq was my war. I was deployed there in 2003-2004, showing up during the last weeks of the invasion. The purpose was to oust Saddam Hussein from power before he could unleash weapons of mass destruction on America and its allies. After all, he did have a record of doing that to his own […]

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Serving

By John Ready | Jan 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

I was deployed to Iraq in March 2003, as a Civil Affairs Officer, along with my Reserve unit. Previously, I’d been an Infantry Officer in the National Guard for most of my career. I protected New York from Vermont, which is to say that I was never deployed during that 17 years. Sure, I was […]

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Incident in Block 16

By John Ready | Jan 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a very small hamlet just outside the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). Just after the invasion of Iraq in early 2003, my Civil Affairs unit was responsible for assisting in rebuilding the infrastructure in the areas just outside the airport. This village was included.   When my troops first made contact with […]

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A Case of Mistaken Nationality

By John Ready | Dec 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Case of Mistaken Nationality   While we were in Iraq, our Civil Affairs teams relied heavily on our Iraqi interpreters. They were invaluable, not just for translating while we interacted with the local population, but for awareness of cultural issues, and for help buying supplies off the local economy. They were our eyes, ears, […]

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Fahrvergnügen

By John Ready | Dec 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fahrvergnügen? Not So Much June 2003: Downtown Baghdad   Our HUMVEEs were crawling along with the civilian traffic. It made no difference that our vehicles were about twice that of the Iraqis. We were in serious gridlock.   There were no traffic cops. There were no police of any kind. Any Iraqi who’d been a […]

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Hackerville AKA Râmnicu Vâlcea

By John Ready | Dec 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hackerville In the foothills of the Transylvania region of Romania, about 2 hours from the capital, Bucharest, sits a dangerous place. There are criminal elements here that make Al Capone look like a Boy Scout. But they don’t commit murder, or shakedown inhabitants, or do anything physical to anyone. All their crimes happen on the […]

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Combat Patches? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Combat Patches!

By John Ready | Dec 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Back in Mid-2006, President Bush was under fire from Conservative groups on the US-Mexican border.  It seemed like there was no end to the constant stream of illegals crossing over into our country.  The attitude was that those illegal aliens were taking jobs from upstanding Americans.  The border was a sieve, and it needed […]

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A Window That Should ALWAYS Stay Closed

By John Ready | Nov 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

      On Thursday, October 19, 2017, I witnessed a gut-wrenching sight: President Trump’s Chief of Staff, General John F. Kelly, USMC stood in front of the White House Press Corps and bared his soul. He recounted the process by which he became a Gold Star Father. It’s taken me almost a month to […]

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A Compilation of a Veteran's Stories

My experience of deployment in Iraq and other veteran stories.