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Vargas And Best Of Article 15 Talk Survivor’s Guilt, Loss
In a new video, Article 15’s Mat Best and Vincent “Rocco” Vargas recount a deadly mission in Iraq in 2006 and lingering feelings of survivor’s guilt.
Vargas and Best, both of whom are Army Ranger veterans, and whose videos are often light-hearted and satirical, share their own experiences at war, and encourage their audience to remember the ones they’ve lost by living a full a life.
The video, “Live for Those Who Can’t,” is in memory of Staff Sgt. Ricardo Barraza and Sgt. Dale Brehm who were leading a mission in Ramadi, Iraq, on March 18, when they were killed in a firefight while searching a house for a person of interest.
Vargas and Best talk about the death of the two men they envisioned as being invincible, and how the passing of close friends can leave survivors with feelings of both loss and guilt.
Live For Those Who Can'tI don't often put myself out there, but Vincent "Rocco" Vargas wanted to tell a story close to our hearts. May we always remember those who sacrificed and live in their honor. RLTW. Thank you to Offset Films for making this video possible.
Posted by Mat Best MBest11x on Saturday, January 16, 2016
The Pentagon's top spokesman tried to downplay recent revelations by the Washington Post that U.S. government officials have consistently misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock first brought to light that several top officials acknowledged to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that the war was going badly despite their optimistic public statements. The report, based on extensive interviews and internal government data, also found that U.S. officials manipulated statistics to create the public perception that the U.S. military was making progress in Afghanistan.
An Army colonel's alleged abuse saddled his wife with ongoing medical needs. Escaping him could bring that care to a screeching halt.
Katherine Burton was sitting on her couch when she heard a scream.
Though she had not yet met her upstairs neighbors, Army. Col. Jerel Grimes and his wife Ellizabeth, Burton went to investigate almost immediately. "I knew it was a cry for help," she recalled of the August 1 incident.
Above her downstairs apartment in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerel and Ellizabeth had been arguing. They had been doing a lot of that lately. According to Ellizabeth, Jerel, a soldier with 26 years of service and two Afghanistan deployments under his belt, had become increasingly controlling in the months since the couple had married in April, forcing her to share computer passwords, receipts for purchases, and asking where she was at all times.
"I was starting to realize how controlling he was, and how manipulative he was," Ellizabeth said. "And he'd never been this way towards me in the 15 years that I've known him."
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.