John Taggart

Profile Updated: November 11, 2019
John Taggart
Residing In MA USA
Military Service US Army  
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Nov
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Nov 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM

Today, I would like to thank all those who served and the familys of those who served as they also sacrificed much. And I would like to say thanks to those who had legit disqualification from the service and could not serve but wanted to. All of you should be proud and I hope you are never forgotten.

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Oct 29, 2019 at 7:59 PM

Posted on: Oct 24, 2019 at 4:55 PM

Pics from New England trip. Breakers at Kennebunkport Me., Sturbridge Village in Mass., a house used by Robert Frost in New Hampshire and a lake view in Mass.

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Sep
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Sep 13, 2019 at 4:21 PM

Posted on: Sep 12, 2019 at 4:33 PM

This comes on the heels of 9/11 anniversary: Vietnam vet found covered with ants in nursing home bed dies after being bitten more than 100 times. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/vietnam-vet-found-covered-ants-nursing-home-bed-143607428--abc-news-topstories.html Just a reminder of two things. We, as a nation are not perfect and most politicians lie when they state they are 100% behind our troops.

Jul
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Jul 03, 2019 at 10:55 PM

Have a happy and safe fourth to everyone.

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May
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May 29, 2019 at 2:39 PM

Posted on: May 28, 2019 at 7:05 AM

I am glad I served and would do it all again BUT this is not a perfect world.

Veterans Give Painfully Honest Answers After Army Asks 'How Has Serving Impacted You?'
Time   
Mahita Gajanan
,Time•May 27, 2019
Veterans Give Painfully Honest Answers After Army Asks 'How Has Serving Impacted You?'
A tweet from the U.S. Army prompted an outpouring of grief and pain
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A tweet from the U.S. Army asking veterans and soldiers to share how serving influenced their lives prompted an outpouring of grief and pain.

Veterans, service members and their family gave thousands of responses to a tweet from the Army account asking, “How has serving impacted you?”

How has serving impacted you?

— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 23, 2019
The Army made the inquiry as part of a Twitter thread honoring Pfc. Nathan Spencer, who spoke in a video about how being in the Army has given him an opportunity to “serve something greater than myself.”

But when put to the public, the question brought in responses that reflect the harsh reality of service. Soldiers and their family members recounted experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual assault, drug addiction, physical injuries and other harmful issues as a result of serving in the military.

My best friend joined the army seeking a greater purpose, but has only descended further into alcoholism and mental illness. He hasn’t even seen combat. There’s something very wrong with the images of heroism the army advertises to these impressionable young people.

— Melociraptors ?? (@Melociraptors) May 26, 2019
Oh, ya know, PTSD, depression, anxiety, nightmares- all from sexual harassment during my service that nobody was ever held accountable for. The master chief who could have ended it (but didn't) is now CMC of an entire Navy Region, but I got kicked out for reporting harassment. ???????

— Shentel Downes (@Ixtahb) May 26, 2019
As a mother, I was proud of my son as he signed up to serve his country during his last year of High School. He served 3 deployments in Iraq. That young man with his whole life in front of him is now broken mentally and emotionally beyond recognition and the Army isn't helpful.

— aunttea (@AuntTea04) May 26, 2019
Sexual harassment every day. Experiencing sexual assault. Protecting others from sexual assault. Sleeping w/ a knife @ night & holding my body against a door as a drunk male banged on our barracks door. A fear that never leaves me. That is how serving has impacted me.

— Hannah Funderburk (@HannahFunderbu3) May 26, 2019
My wife and I served in the @USArmy. We spent over 5 years geographically separated from each other. She was sexually assaulted on deployment and kicked out of the army for seeking treatment bc she was then deemed unfit for service. I got out bc her assaulters went unpunished.

— C & B (@johnsoncale1) May 27, 2019
PTSD is a common occurrence in veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). About 11-20% of soldiers who served in the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) or the war in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) have PTSD, the VA reports. At least 30% of Vietnam War veterans have had PTSD, as do 12% of Gulf War veterans.

Of the 20 million veterans in the U.S., fewer than half receive benefits from the VA, according to a report from the department. Suicide rates among veterans have been on the rise across the U.S., the report said.

The Army responded to the outpouring of stories from Veterans with a message of support.

To everyone who responded to this thread, thank you for sharing your story. Your stories are real, they matter, and they may help others in similar situations. The Army is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our Soldiers.

— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 25, 2019
As we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice this weekend by remembering their service, we are also mindful of the fact that we have to take care of those who came back home with scars we can't see.

— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 25, 2019
If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1 to talk to someone NOW) or visit https://t.co/QWphIbzxEj

— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 25, 2019
“Your stories are real, they matter, and they may help others in similar situations,” the tweets said. “As we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice this weekend by remembering their service, we are also mindful of the fact that we have to take care of those who came back home with scars we can’t see.”

If you are a veteran in need of help, or know someone who needs help, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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May
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May 27, 2019 at 3:21 PM

Posted on: May 27, 2019 at 1:42 PM

Another persons perspective:
Courage Is...
Courage is doing what is right
Without having to be told

Courage is manning up
When you know you've done something wrong

Courage is looking the enemy in the eye
And telling them to just bring it

Courage is having fear
But still staying strong

Courage is facing adversity
But being able to overcome it

Courage is leaving your family behind
To defend the country you love

Courage is being a soldier
In the greatest army in the world

Thank you for this courage
That lets us live free
Brando written by
Brando Tran

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May 27, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Posted on: May 27, 2019 at 12:18 AM

For those who served:

Soldier: An Emblem Of Sacrifice
We know only those faces,
We have seen in history.
Yet countless strange faces are there
Who fought for the country.
We can never repudiate
Selfless sacrifices of those men,
So I am paying tribute to all those
Martyrs and soldiers through my pen.

Indulged in your duties,
Far away from your family and loving ones.
You fight for our
Dreams, hopes and liberty,
Strutting boldly amidst the raging guns.
Whether it is scorching rays of Sun
Or it is blood freezing cold,
You fight relentlessly
Standing so strong and bold.
You are the true sons of the nation.
For the sake of our lives,
Irrigating this land with your blood
Is your only passion.

Time will never obliterate the fact…
You stand for us like an adobe.
With lion like courage and firmness of temper,
You have made our tricolor
Shimmer throughout the globe.
Death can’t cease you to live
As you live even after dying.
I salute your martyrdom,
For you never got older.
Fighting to keep us free,
It is the stiffest thing
To be you- A SOLDIER......
written by
Hina Saxena

Apr
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Apr 22, 2019 at 3:18 PM

I hope all those in Texas and especially in E Texas stay safe after all the problems they have had and more potentially bad storms again this week.

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Apr 22, 2019 at 12:54 PM

Posted on: Apr 21, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Happy Easter to all.

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Mar
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Mar 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2019 at 1:01 PM

A new visitor. A Barred owl.

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Mar
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Mar 18, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2019 at 12:52 PM

Happy St Patrick's Day to all.