The US Army Buddy System of War. What is it worth? What is the truth?

By patrick quinn | Jun 10, 2018

The U.S. Army code of the "Buddy System" is inoculated into the mind of every "recruit" in the Army.  This means that you have a responsibility to help your fellow soldier to survive, your back is covered by your "buddy"; this is essential to the survival of the "Unit". This is gladly accepted by every soldier.

We know what it means. It means that the first responsibility it to protect your "buddy", the man or woman next to you in a firefight or elsewhere. The political ideology of the conflict is subservient to survival. This is the golden rule understood by anyone in a tense situation like the Army. Where does it end?

As as old Army veteran I am able to look at someone and tell if they were in the Military.  My wife asks me why I would unusually speak to a stranger at, say a state park, and I would respond: "He is a veteran". I usually do not speak to strangers, but I can tell veterans and feel comfortable, and so do they. It is a sense of commonality and understanding. I do it at my visits at the VA at Togus.  If you do not have it, you won't understand it.

I have seen many men standing at the roadside with a "homeless" sign, many are Military Veterans, and I am compelled within to respond instinctively, my heart breaks, and I am sullen in my heart and soul, what to do? How do I protect my buddy?

This is difficult. I have chosen, recently, to give each of them food in the morning, they are hungry, with a couple of bucks. The breakfast food at a restaurant is reasonable, as low as $2. Every time I have given the food, I have been greeted with "Thank you Buddy, thank you very much". My heart breaks with tears, what am I to do?

Produce homeless people, produce veterans, in the name of war? For what! Pain and suffering! Peace is the answer. Please!!!! Stop the madness! Stop making veterans. Stop the war! Thank you.

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