All drawings feature in this essay are by Small Daughter, Ms. Regan Christine Hand (You can read part III here) (Dedication for this essay goes to SOFREP brother Tim E. ) I got a shot of heparin every day in the gut, next to my heinous incision. Day after day, right in the gut. “What is that shot anyway, and why can’t you push it through the IV… I mean why the … [Read more...] about Delta Dreamscape; Wrong side of the partition?
George E. Hand IV Articles
All drawings courtesy of Small Daughter, Ms. Regan Christine Hand (you can read part II here) (Dedication of this essay goes to SOFREP brother Mr. Thomas Gomez) Preface: my recent 36-day stay in the hospital began with an emergency surgery that left my entire abdomen open for a period of three days before surgeons were satisfied with the disposition of my sepsis to … [Read more...] about Delta dreamscape: Monkey see
(you can read part I here) (dedication for this essay goes to Mr. Alex Hollings) Preface: my recent 36-day stay in the hospital began with an emergency surgery that left my entire abdomen open for a period of three days before surgeons were satisfied with the disposition of my sepsis to close my abdomen. My dreamscape was a scape of dreams. Yeah, when we all are asleep … [Read more...] about Delta Dreamscape: Disorder near the border
(Dedication for this write goes to our SOFREP family sister Ms. Charlotte) Preface: my recent 36-day stay in the hospital began with an emergency surgery that left my entire abdomen open for a period of 3 days before surgeons were satisfied with the disposition of my sepsis to close my abdomen. Following surgery, I remained unconscious for just over 14 days in Intensive … [Read more...] about Delta Dreamscape: The Mortar Ring
I read very few books, probably to the tune of one every three years or so. I was asked to read and review this particular book by my friend, Steven Trujillo, or as he more personally identifies by his fine Spanish heritage: Estéban Trujillo de Gutiérrez. Steve and I spent a short time, too short, serving together in the vaunted First Special Forces Group of the U.S. Army Green … [Read more...] about A Tale of the Grenada Raiders; Memories in the Idioms of Dreams: Book Review
Dedication for this essay goes to brother MSG (ret) Raymond Inabnitt I awoke in my plaid dorm alarmed that some force had crept into it in the dark of night and sucked the life and color completely out of it, leaving a drab carpet, drabber curtains, and the drabbest portrait of some clown in a fez. I missed the fez I had appropriated my first day in-country, one that … [Read more...] about Delta’s ongoing Selection; the Fuzz in Fez
(Dedication for this essay goes to the anonymous soul who sent me the amazing gift of relaxation) Give words of gratitude? A gesture that knows no bounds; it coaxes the eager patron and gifts him immeasurable joy. I, being sound of mind and mending body, do revel in the juggernaut of compassion and support from my SOFREP family. I recall vividly when the offers for … [Read more...] about A Delta man’s message: Where is gratitude?
(with dedication to brother J.D. Stevens) Yes, I remember it well; like it was yesterday. A day largely devoid of any and all self-esteem. Yeah, self-esteem was not meant to prevail on this day of days; it was written in the stars that night. "You need to yet have a bowel movement, Mr. Hand. It is mandatory for your recovery and release from the hospital, you know." Yes, … [Read more...] about Retired Delta; My less-than-finest hour
(You can read part one here) (Dedication for this article goes to my SOFREP sister Ms. TXAZZ) Correction from part one: the Brigade commander Colonel "Rodriguez," it rather named "Velasquez." I was able to dig up some documents on this subject that I had holed away that allowed me to make the correction. To further clarify, in-country I went by the name Carlitos, and … [Read more...] about Colombian Drug Cartel; Carlito’s Way
(You can read part 13 here) Dedicated to SOFREP’s own sister Suzanne D. for her extraordinary personal generosity in my family’s time of desperation. Our jump master stood and banged his hands together several times and called out sharply: “ATTENTION EVERYONE, HEY, ATTENTION!!” He stood in the center of our aircraft with his arms outstretched, expression grim and … [Read more...] about Delta’s ongoing selection part 14; Airborne horror… the horror
(Dedicated to SOFREP sister Susan H) God and I have an understanding: he hates my guts, and I don’t much believe in him. (dark wordplay) On more than just a couple of occasions, I have been requested to comment on my mind-state since my attempted suicide near three years back. As I explained in my original essay, once a sincere and valid attempt is made, one that … [Read more...] about Veteran suicide; What’s it like to be that guy?
Dedication of this article is to SORFEP brother Gabriel Ruiz Ding dong the wicked Pablo Escobar was dead, and with his departure went his infamous Medellin Cartel as well. But the air around that sudden void swirled and rushed to fill the vacuum. Somebody was certainly going to fill that tremendous gap in the South American drug trafficking industry. Oh yes, an industry it … [Read more...] about Colombian drug cartel; From Pablo to Gilberto and Miguel Orejuela
You can read part 12 here. Dedication of this chapter goes out to the SOFREP family's favorite, Mr. Yankee Papa! I was intentionally up early the next morning to set out and do a bit of clothes shopping before I caught my train to Mechan. I stepped out onto the damp cobblestone alley into the barely lit day. There wasn’t a thing to be heard save the distant call … [Read more...] about Delta’s ongoing selection; Part 13, praise Allah
(You can read part 11 here) Dedicated to SOFREP family member sister Irene B. First things first, obey your thirst. I dropped a couple of Dirham on a bottle of water, realizing I hadn’t had water all day. I didn’t know at that point how I was going to solve the water crisis because I couldn’t buy water all the time and to drink the water there was to commit … [Read more...] about Delta’s ongoing selection, part 12: Magic carpet ride