LETTER: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ from Watertown Veterans’ Services Officer

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I remember exactly where I was on 9-11-01. Similarly, I recall exactly where I was when I was
told I’d be going on my first deployment to Afghanistan. I was an aviation IT Marine who was chosen to teach the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) how to maintain HMMWVs and operate
in convoys.

I was 21, suddenly in charge of the training and support of over 100 ANA soldiers alongside five
Marines and five interpreters. We accomplished a lot of great things on that deployment; we
improved the training and their fleet of vehicles; and even got a literacy program established to
build create better ANA soldiers. In Marine Corps terms: we left things better than we found
them; and we served to protect the service members to our left and our right. The only thing we
did wrong during that deployment was face the wrong way when we received our end of tour
awards.

Veterans — like the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen I deployed alongside — may need to
talk about their own experiences and feelings. I encourage them to utilize a resource like The
Home Base Program (617-724-5202); the VA Boston Healthcare System (800-865-3384, and
Press 2, or message your VA mental health care team through My HealtheVet); Vet Centers also
provide confidential counseling for combat Veterans. You can find a Vet Center near you at
https://www.va.gov/find-locations/?facilityType=vet_center.

If it’s urgent, you can always reach the Veterans Crisis Line 24/7/365. Call 800-273-8255 and
Press 1, or you can chat online at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ or text 838255.

Lastly, you can always reach me at:617-972 6416(office)781-645-9127(mobile)
orPGeorge@watertown-ma.gov

Semper Fidelis,
Patrick George
Marine Corps Veteran (OEF 2010 & 2011)
Veterans’ Services Officer
Watertown, MA

4 thoughts on “LETTER: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ from Watertown Veterans’ Services Officer

  1. Patrick, thank you for your service and your efforts to bring a better life to the Afghanistan people. Thanks go to all who have served in so many different countries to keep us safe and make a difference. It is so sad that we have a demented and unqualified President who has put his own pride and greed before our the needs of our nation and people, and it is more sad that the partisan media propped him up and allowed him to become our so-called leader. Any blood that is shed will be on them and the politicians who helped him achieve that status. Be proud, veterans, you did what was asked of you in so many trying situations. We are proud of you.

  2. Beautiful letter, Patrick. A personal story devoid of politics and so helpful to your fellow veterans is just we all need. We are lucky to have you in your position. Thanks
    for all your efforts.

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