BAD VOODOO'S WAR (reminder) |
April 01, 2008
BAD VOODOO'S WAR (reminder)
Posting date: 4/1/08
Stationed in: Iraq
Hometown: Burke, Virginia
Milblog url: milblogging.com
The film Bad Voodoo's War airs tonight on Frontline on PBS. Filmmaker Deborah Scranton and my Platoon Sergeant SFC Toby Nunn have done an outstanding job telling the story of the Bad Voodoo soldiers. I know for a fact that my family, friends, and several of my readers are excited to finally see what I do over here.
It's always tough to explain my job. Even after my last deployment to Afghanistan from 2004-2005, I had some short video clips, photos, and my blog to help illustrate my job as an Infantryman. But man, having this film is way neater.
As a military blogger, I don't share a lot of what I experience as an Infantryman. I never have. Not because of the so-called new restrictions on blogging, or because of lack of support from my chain of command; on the contrary, the DoD guidelines on blogging have never prevented me from writing online, and I've always had great support from my leadership. No, I choose not to write about things I do because my family and friends read my blog, and I'm sensitive to their feelings. Therefore I choose write about simple things, like Care Packages and other day-to-day experiences.
Now, with this film, my family and friends will know a lot more about me. More than I've ever shared.
Personal Note: When I tried explaining to my kids what I did in Afghanistan I used to dress up my mom's cats, and we would re-enact events in the kitchen. Sweet, I know. But I swear, cats are a pain in the ass to work with. Take my mom's oldest cat, 'Mr. Punky' for instance. He didn't like being forced to wear DCUs. Nor did he like having a rucksack strapped to his back or standing fire watch for 14-hours straight on the refrigerator.
Anyway, I think I only confused my kids more about what I did in Afghanistan. Especially when 'Mr. Punky', in the middle of an Air Assault scene, would storm off set (the kitchen table) to go poopy in the kitty litter box.