One Veteran's Story: "You Come Back And You Just Don't Feel The Same."

Marine veteran Shane Santelli shares his story of deployment in Afghanistan. During his deployment from February to September 2010, Santelli was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). He has suffered from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as injuries to his spine. 

Santelli shares what Veteran's Day means to him. 

To follow Santelli's story, check out the documentary Picking Up the Pieces.

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Music by Andrew Gaddy.

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  • Cool Story, Bro||

    I came back from that shithole in 2009. I shuffled through Baltimore/Washington International in utilities; some guy bought me a beer in the airport pub and told me how much he hated Obama; another guy shook my hand and laid the "thanks for your service" on me almost as if he was doing it to feel good about himself; just about everyone that I passed in the airport was oblivious to the fact that we were coming home from A FUCKING WAR where 18 and 19 year old kids were getting chopped up every day because they believed in "serving their country."

    In retrospect, the most upsetting thing was that Americans stopped protesting this bullshit war at midnight on Jan 20, 2009. Despite their litany of shortcomings, at least Team Red goobers are honest about loving war.

  • dinkster||

    The antiwar left went up like so much vapor the moment a Democrat was in office. Meanwhile, look forward to invading Iran! I hope you aren't deployed along with half my extended family. I fucking hate war.

  • Paul.||

    Disappeared as fast as Global Warming. Nary a protest in the California Junction just down the road from where I live. Used to be protests there every weekend. But that was Bush's war. Obama's war(s), not so interested.

  • Cavpitalist||

    When I came back, I re-examined everything I had ever believed in the light of my new knowledge and perspective.

    Ain't no better way to break the last ties philosophically binding you to big government. There's a reason so many of us have gone libertarian. I never saw any kids burned to death for Wal-Mart.

  • Gladstone||

    I never saw any kids burned to death for Wal-Mart.

    Duh Republican wars. Democrat wars are for the people so they are okay.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Fuckin' A right. Nothing like a little mass murder to wake a man up. Hope you never had to make your bones on some family like my co-worker did. He's been to the hospital several times for alcohol poisoning. Guilt. I told him he deserves the life he's making for himself - either admit to and repent of his crime(s) and preach against militarism, or continue with his suicide.

  • ||

    You are one fine specimen of a human being, Kyfho. Go burn some flags or something.

  • ||

    I got nothing snarky here. Thank you, all you vets. I'll piss and moan about the wars and the violence and the idiocy of our warmongering civi-liberties-snuffing culture with the best of them, but I hope I never get to be too much of an asshole about the guys (and women) on the line. Thanks, honestly.

  • Locris||

    Your thanks is much appreciated.

  • IceTrey||

    My father was a career Marine who served in Vietnam. I was born on base. There is no way in hell I would ever go to war, unless there was an invasion. It astounds me that even after the last ten years of horror stories about returning soldiers that people still join. How can they not know that combat fucks you up for the rest of your life. It so sad the government is always able to find gullible people to fight their wars.

  • Redmanfms||

    Fuck you man, seriously, fuck you.

    Why do shitstains like you feign like you care about the fate of those who serve when you think they joined because they are fucking gullible lemmings? At least be fucking honest about how much you hate and misunderstand the military man.

    The lame-ass appeal-to-sympathy dodge is also typical of intellectual cowards like you.


  • CZmacure||

    fuck you dickhead, and your retarded sibling parents

  • Cool Story, Bro||

    You just won the Sanctimonious Twat of the Year Award for 2012. Congratulations, twat! Now take your place next to Bill Maher, Robert Gibbs, Aaron Sorkin and George Clooney.

  • Anon E. Mouse||

    Fucking coward. I'll bet your "gullible" dad is proud.

  • CZmacure||

    its just a pity that any of these braindead meatheads that sign up for illegal immoral invasions based on lies against people who were never a threat resulting in the murder of millions of innocent men women and children and the suffering of millions more displaced, orphaned maimed and sickened even come back at all.

    they do no service for their country or their countrymen and deserve no pity or respect.

    at least a lot of them do the right thing and kill themselves

  • Redmanfms||

    Another Captain of the Sanctimonious Bullshit Army.

    Congratulations, your sanctimony and loose grasp of reality are by far the most profound to have been displayed in this thread.

  • CZmacure||

    spoken like a true shit eating meathead - good job, well done. thankyou for your service.


  • CZmacure||

    and look up the definition of sanctimonious you pretentious twat

  • CZmacure||

    you supercilious pretentious twat

  • Redmanfms||

    Yes, let the butthurt flow, quote the misleading leftist websites that purport that wars only exist in vacuums of American creation. Worship at the altars of personality cults. YES!!!! YES!!!!!! Be one with your misplaced hate young leftard. Be another in the legion of know-nothing morons who parrot the hackneyed bullshit of your KGB-funded forebearers. Spew your ironic wishes of death. YES!

  • CZmacure||

    leftard.. lol

    if being anti war is a sign of a leftist, then who with an ounce of intellectual integrity would be proud to say they are anything else

  • Redmanfms||

    Actually, anti-war myself, as you'll find are most servicemembers if you ever bothered to learn anything other than leftist pablum. Claiming the servicemen are responsible for war and all of the casualties in said wars *is* leftist horseshit.

    Claiming intellectual integrity while having presented a website that claims that all the wars in which the U.S. has been involved since WWII were started by the U.S., by the troops (apparently, since war is all their fault), and that even casualties inflicted by opponents are by proxy the fault of American troops is pretty damned funny though.

  • CZmacure||

    yeah, let the delirium flow... heres 50 cents, go rent a clue.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Young people want to join up for the bennies and I say, don't sign up and die and be cannon fodder for the BUSH/CLINTON/OBAMA War Machine. Young people, WAKE UP, those motherfuckers are using you, they don't give a flying fuck about you, telling you it's to defend your country or for college benefits or citizenship.

    Witness the preening Obama or grinning Bush strutting around as if they were the modern Julius Caesar conquering the world. See things as they are, not how they want you to see them.

    The children that Obama kills every day with his predator drones are not invading your country.

    Don't be so fucking offended when you hear people ranting against the military. It's nothing personal. And I won't be congratulating you on your service to the country -- I will pity you if you suffer or die. So fuck me.

  • Redmanfms||

    "It so sad the government is always able to find gullible people to fight their wars."

    Servicemen = Stupid

    "at least a lot of them do the right thing and kill themselves"

    Servicemen should die.

    Yeah, nothing to take personally in this thread.

  • CZmacure||

    cry more biatch

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    That does not resemble what I said. Are you defending Obama or Bush?

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