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This blog exists only as an archive. It is a journal that serves as a window into my life as a Marine combat veteran serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; it was written with no filter, no politics and no agenda. Please feel free to follow my journey from beginning to end. Welcome to my life.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Good news- I'm sitting in Kuwait, wondering why these people stationed here get to earn combat pay. Well, wondering about that isn't good news, but sitting in Kuwait is, because that means that all I have to do is wait around to board that freedom plane. From there it's nothing but smooth skies all the way back to California.

(But seriously, about this combat pay...I think we could eliminate a significant portion of the war budget if we cut it for these guys. All they do is walk around in their physical training uniforms, black shorts and gray T's. They wear them to the chow hall, to the PX, everywhere. You would think that with all this 'physical training' they must be doing that these people would be build like Greek gods, but they're not. The look more like a character from the Dilbert comics. Write your congressman)



    AND THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

    -Scott Malensek
    Akron, Ohio

  2. OH my gosh!! You are almost home!! I am soooooooooooo excited!

  3. You know, I suspect someone heading home when you headed in said the same thing. They'll get up to speed soon enough. Fortunately, the effort you and many others like you will make their job that much closer to being complete.

    The bigger question I have is, "Why aren't the injured, who are recovering in a hospital still getting combat pay?"

    The reason you get combat pay is because you are at risk of getting hit, and yet the moment that risk becomes reality, you lose that extra pay.

  4. Jake-

    So glad you're that much closer to being home! I've enjoyed reading your blogs.

    Rachel in Madison

  5. Safe travels my friend! Your service is truly appreciated.

    Keep us posted! :)

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  7. Good luck on your trip home. I am always so happy to see a soldier come home. I would tell you to say hello to my son Odle since he is based out of Kuwait but right now he is Bagdad. Hopefully your last in Kuwait isn't that long. My son said many had waited for up to a month to ship back home. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and the details you put in it. See you in the South Bay.

    Mom from Torrance, CA

  8. I couldn't agree more about combat pay at the following places, they do nothing, but they reap the benefits. Kuwait, Al Asad, TQ...and pretty much any permanent personnel on FOB's.

  9. hi jake! i'm so happy you're coming home! your blog has been amazing to read! i hope you keep it up when you come home because i really enjoy your insights into things (and your book recommendations!). congrats and thank you!

    -caitlin from ny

  10. It won't be long now and you will be California Dreamin'.

  11. I am so happy that you are so close to being at home. Thank you so much for your service. You and your fellow military brothers and sisters are always in my prayers and my heart. I wish you a great leave and I hope you continue your blog when you go
    back on duty. God bless you.

  12. Safe travels, Jake! Thanks for all you've done! You've made us proud here in Wisconsin! :)

  13. HI HO HI HO IT'S OFF TO HOME YA GO!! Sure do appreciate the time you took and all your efforts in keeping us informed, and your service...can't begin to thank you enough for that.

  14. Jake, are you swimming home?

    I am waiting for your first post back.

    The big question...How many beers the first night back?

    Enjoy your trip to see the Badgers if Vegas. I wanted to go so bad. I was asked to be best man in a wedding that weekend.... Very difficult decision.

    Thanks again for your outstanding service to our country.

    Dan S.

  15. Glad to know that you are closer to coming home. I have enjoyed you blog and I hope you keep writing. Thank you for our freedom and God Bless You!!

  16. Just heard you're home!!! Welcome back!

  17. Outstanding!

    Welcome home and thanks.

    I'm so proud of you.

    Now where will I go to get the lowdown?


    Please continue to post and let us know what's going on with you.

  18. Jake,
    I randomly found your blog and have peeked in a few times. My son is presently in Ramadi...2 1/2 more months!
    Every one of you that comes home safely is a gift to all of us.
    Thanks for your job well done.
    Relax and enjoy. Get the proper care that you need and deserve.
    A Marine Mom in Washington State.