When Iraq war veteran and former Marine John Preston, returned from Iraq ten years ago, he knew he needed to do something to give this nations warriors an identity…. So he traded in his rifle for a guitar, so to speak, and formed a band with two other Marines. Their goal is to raise awareness to the trouble veterans are dealing with integrating into regular society, while also reminding them there’s a coalition of fellow veterans here waiting to give support.
“Ten years ago, I was preparing for my return home from Iraq, at that point the media was not showing the great things we had accomplished; from opening schools to teaching an oppressed people to be strong defend themselves,” said Preston. “Ten years of our warriors boots on the ground (the many of us that gave our lives and the many of us that still suffer today) as we sacrificed for the Iraqi people and the better good of the world.”
According to Preston:
“It was just months ago when I saw the first mass murder ISIS had posted on the internet… I was in tears as I realized what was happening…. These young men that were being shot in the back like pigs were once the children that had surrounded me and thanked me for their new school, playground, or the pack if skittles from my MRE. The young men that tens of thousands of us gave our lives for. The children that kept our hearts warm during the most trying hours of war! I can no longer just watch this happen.
“Though I no longer hold my rifle at the ready, I refuse to allow our war to be forgotten! I refuse to accept that my brothers have died in vain. I pray you all stand with us as we ask the world around to do the right thing. This is not a protest…. “This IS War”
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