Dude, Where's my home?

Apparently Ted Turner believes that members of the US Military committing suicide is a “good” thing:

In an interview with CNN host Piers Morgan last week, Media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner said the fact that there have been more suicides than combat deaths in the Army this year is not “shocking,” but “good.”

Highlighted first by Breitbart.com, the Oct. 19 interview has Turner speculating that “it’s time to put war and conflict behind us and move on,” and the rising rate of self-inflicted troop deaths is good because it brings attention to that view.

I love this so, so much. TAKE THAT, MILSO’S!!!

Single soldiers are usually young, handsome and athletic. No wonder they so easily turn a girl’s head. However, here are 43 reasons I think you should not marry a military man. You will never make a bigger mistake in your life. You must use your head as well as your heart.

Cold Weather Warriors.
Battle Griffin, Norway - 2003. 
(I’m on the bottom row, on the left.)

Cold Weather Warriors.

Battle Griffin, Norway - 2003. 

(I’m on the bottom row, on the left.)

So here’s a picture of me when I was still in the Marine Corps going through pre-deployment training down at beautiful Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
To offset the insane hatred I have for my work, I’d request that you ask me questions today. I will answer them in the way I only know how - with sincerity and a touch of asshole (wut).
Thanks.

So here’s a picture of me when I was still in the Marine Corps going through pre-deployment training down at beautiful Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.

To offset the insane hatred I have for my work, I’d request that you ask me questions today. I will answer them in the way I only know how - with sincerity and a touch of asshole (wut).

Thanks.

Only one week remaining in the exclusive period to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book!
Once this period is over, you will not be able to purchase the book until all the pre-orders have been shipped in late-September. 
It looks like I’m not going to be able to reach my goal of 200 books pre-ordered..but that’s ok. It just means the people who pre-ordered are going to be members of a much more exclusive club, and reap benefits I had otherwise considered unavailable. 
Again, I can’t thank those who have already pre-ordered enough. You have given me more support than I ever could have imagined. Your financial generosity has been incredible. I keep saying it, but I promise I will not let you down with this.
Again, here’s the link. 
Please spread the word, let people know what’s being done, and what they can do to help. 
Thanks again,1LT Justin Rose 

Only one week remaining in the exclusive period to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book!

Once this period is over, you will not be able to purchase the book until all the pre-orders have been shipped in late-September. 

It looks like I’m not going to be able to reach my goal of 200 books pre-ordered..but that’s ok. It just means the people who pre-ordered are going to be members of a much more exclusive club, and reap benefits I had otherwise considered unavailable. 

Again, I can’t thank those who have already pre-ordered enough. You have given me more support than I ever could have imagined. Your financial generosity has been incredible. I keep saying it, but I promise I will not let you down with this.

Again, here’s the link. 

Please spread the word, let people know what’s being done, and what they can do to help. 

Thanks again,
1LT Justin Rose 

Only one week remaining in the exclusive period to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book!
Once this period is over, you will not be able to purchase the book until all the pre-orders have been shipped in late-September. 
It looks like I’m not going to be able to reach my goal of 200 books pre-ordered..but that’s ok. It just means the people who pre-ordered are going to be members of a much more exclusive club, and reap benefits I had otherwise considered unavailable. 
Again, I can’t thank those who have already pre-ordered enough. You have given me more support than I ever could have imagined. Your financial generosity has been incredible. I keep saying it, but I promise I will not let you down with this.
Again, here’s the link. 
Please spread the word, let people know what’s being done, and what they can do to help. 
Thanks again,1LT Justin Rose 

Only one week remaining in the exclusive period to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book!

Once this period is over, you will not be able to purchase the book until all the pre-orders have been shipped in late-September. 

It looks like I’m not going to be able to reach my goal of 200 books pre-ordered..but that’s ok. It just means the people who pre-ordered are going to be members of a much more exclusive club, and reap benefits I had otherwise considered unavailable. 

Again, I can’t thank those who have already pre-ordered enough. You have given me more support than I ever could have imagined. Your financial generosity has been incredible. I keep saying it, but I promise I will not let you down with this.

Again, here’s the link. 

Please spread the word, let people know what’s being done, and what they can do to help. 

Thanks again,
1LT Justin Rose 

A bunch of nerds on Tumblr are so fucking happy right now.

Well Good Morning!

I just woke up, and this has already been an amazing day.

The pre-orders to my book have only been available for about 40 hours and I’m already getting threatened with lawsuits for defamation and/or false light.

Bring. It. On.

(I’ll post the full story later, don’t you worry.)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book

I think it’s a understatement to say I’m pretty overwhelmed right now. 
$3,975 dollars in pledges in less than one day (on only 35 backers…my god).
I just hope people don’t see that I’ve reached my goal and decide not to pledge or whatever.
Let me reiterate - I’m still using this as a means for people to pre-order the book. Once the book is published I will be selling it myself. I’m not going to go through a distributor because I don’t want anyone to add extra costs to the book. I’m trying to get this to you as inexpensively as possible. So please, please don’t think of this as “Mission Accomplished.” The only thing that changes now is that I have the ability to produce a much more professional, and refined product for you. I’ll now be able to add color pictures in the book, I’ll be able to get a better binding for it…
I STILL WILL NOT BE COLLECTING A PROFIT OFF OF THIS..
So please, if you’re interested in the book..I implore you to pre-order. This is the safest, and easier way for you to pay for, and be certain that you will receive the book the SECOND I get it back from the publisher.
Thanks again everyone. I still can’t believe this.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book

I think it’s a understatement to say I’m pretty overwhelmed right now. 

$3,975 dollars in pledges in less than one day (on only 35 backers…my god).

I just hope people don’t see that I’ve reached my goal and decide not to pledge or whatever.

Let me reiterate - I’m still using this as a means for people to pre-order the book. Once the book is published I will be selling it myself. I’m not going to go through a distributor because I don’t want anyone to add extra costs to the book. I’m trying to get this to you as inexpensively as possible. So please, please don’t think of this as “Mission Accomplished.” The only thing that changes now is that I have the ability to produce a much more professional, and refined product for you. I’ll now be able to add color pictures in the book, I’ll be able to get a better binding for it…

I STILL WILL NOT BE COLLECTING A PROFIT OFF OF THIS..

So please, if you’re interested in the book..I implore you to pre-order. This is the safest, and easier way for you to pay for, and be certain that you will receive the book the SECOND I get it back from the publisher.

Thanks again everyone. I still can’t believe this.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED THIS EARLIER TODAY!!
The Moment of Truth
So here it is. The moment where perception (hopefully) meets reality. After months of internal debate, I’m finally committing to the process of finishing and publishing this book. Establishing this Kickstarter puts my back into the the corner and forces me to write my way out.
This is also my way of proving to myself that the perception of interest in this project is reality. If I am able to meet or exceed my expected goal on the Kickstarter page, it proves what I am doing is a legitimately wanted product.
The one thing I do not want is for you to look at this as a free, unearned money grab. I don’t need extra money. Any “pledge” you make is for something tangible. I will be making almost zero profit off of you for this book, and that is ok. The idea of profiting off of the group of people who have supported me since the beginning is insane to me, and I want little to do with it.
So here it is. The moment I’ve been scared of for a long time. Below this paragraph is the link for you to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book. It is the place where you put your money where my mouth is, and hopefully become a part of something amazing.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book
Thank you, in advance. From the bottom of my heart.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED THIS EARLIER TODAY!!

The Moment of Truth

So here it is. The moment where perception (hopefully) meets reality. After months of internal debate, I’m finally committing to the process of finishing and publishing this book. Establishing this Kickstarter puts my back into the the corner and forces me to write my way out.

This is also my way of proving to myself that the perception of interest in this project is reality. If I am able to meet or exceed my expected goal on the Kickstarter page, it proves what I am doing is a legitimately wanted product.

The one thing I do not want is for you to look at this as a free, unearned money grab. I don’t need extra money. Any “pledge” you make is for something tangible. I will be making almost zero profit off of you for this book, and that is ok. The idea of profiting off of the group of people who have supported me since the beginning is insane to me, and I want little to do with it.

So here it is. The moment I’ve been scared of for a long time. Below this paragraph is the link for you to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book. It is the place where you put your money where my mouth is, and hopefully become a part of something amazing.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book

Thank you, in advance. From the bottom of my heart.

The Moment of Truth
So here it is. The moment where perception (hopefully) meets reality. After months of internal debate, I’m finally committing to the process of finishing and publishing this book. Establishing this Kickstarter puts my back into the the corner and forces me to write my way out.
This is also my way of proving to myself that the perception of interest in this project is reality. If I am able to meet or exceed my expected goal on the Kickstarter page, it proves what I am doing is a legitimately wanted product.
The one thing I do not want is for you to look at this as a free, unearned money grab. I don’t need extra money. Any “pledge” you make is for something tangible. I will be making almost zero profit off of you for this book, and that is ok. The idea of profiting off of the group of people who have supported me since the beginning is insane to me, and I want little to do with it.
So here it is. The moment I’ve been scared of for a long time. Below this paragraph is the link for you to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book. It is the place where you put your money where my mouth is, and hopefully become a part of something amazing.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book
Thank you, in advance. From the bottom of my heart.

The Moment of Truth

So here it is. The moment where perception (hopefully) meets reality. After months of internal debate, I’m finally committing to the process of finishing and publishing this book. Establishing this Kickstarter puts my back into the the corner and forces me to write my way out.

This is also my way of proving to myself that the perception of interest in this project is reality. If I am able to meet or exceed my expected goal on the Kickstarter page, it proves what I am doing is a legitimately wanted product.

The one thing I do not want is for you to look at this as a free, unearned money grab. I don’t need extra money. Any “pledge” you make is for something tangible. I will be making almost zero profit off of you for this book, and that is ok. The idea of profiting off of the group of people who have supported me since the beginning is insane to me, and I want little to do with it.

So here it is. The moment I’ve been scared of for a long time. Below this paragraph is the link for you to pre-order Let’s Go to Afghanistan - The Book. It is the place where you put your money where my mouth is, and hopefully become a part of something amazing.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jtrose/lets-go-to-afghanistan-the-book

Thank you, in advance. From the bottom of my heart.

Well, I’m fully erect now.

Afghanistan is like the Island on LOST. The whole time you’re there you want nothing but to come home.
Once you’ve been home for a week you’re all like “WE MUST GET BACK TO THE AFGHANISTAN!!!”

Afghanistan is like the Island on LOST. The whole time you’re there you want nothing but to come home.

Once you’ve been home for a week you’re all like “WE MUST GET BACK TO THE AFGHANISTAN!!!”

I don’t normally do stuff like this, but any one interested in the cost of war on the individual should check out this documentary. 

Operation:Zeus is a documentary focusing on today’ new breed of Veteran and the hardships they face in everyday “normal” life. Centered around the 1st Armored Division’s 1st Battalion 6th Infantry Regiment, Operation:Zeus takes a look at a close family of “Blood Brothers” as they spend their lives seperately, after spending over 15 months in combat together..

http://www.operationzeus.com/index.html

Since AsshatAlex doesn’t seem to believe me, here’s my proof.

Me as a BOOT E-3 back in November 2002, and then my brother and I at my wedding in September 2011.