We congregate in the bars, or small social enclaves, and often alone, other times disconnected in the wildlands of nature or an urban setting . . . But most often at home where many spend their time in superfluous social-media bouts, some are soaked in alcohol, others intoxicated by the drug and/or narcotic of their choice, while a few surrender to their prescription medication. All in an effort to bring reason in a world gone mad, it all changed – and for what – doesn’t matter you’re due back out there, with them . . . And they don’t get it; they don’t get us or care to know the meaning of – the truth – about life, death, purpose, mission, the greater good, love, hate, travel, experience, and war. They’ll never understand comradery or brotherhood – family, like us. Our greater lost tribe and its many internal subdivisions based on what you did and who you knew. The irreconcilable time loop, a fight aginst the future with one foot forced into earning a living in this new civilian world while the other sinks, into the stinking history of the glorious past.

Here we begin to identify the rhetorical placement of the United States post 9/11 combat veteran as a counter-public. The primary method of research used in this identification process is firsthand experience from varying points of view studied by the author. The analysis explores ideas, situations, understanding, crowd-logic, dialog, argument, and direct engagement of the United States post 9/11 combat veteran as a counter-public in conversation and interaction with the United States public.

This exploration examines who the United States post 9/11 combat veteran is, how they became a counter-public, and what forged them into counter-public. The report will further begin to explain the organization, goals, and actions as a counter-public for the United States post 9/11 veteran.

Counter-publicsAre constituted in conflictual relations to dominant publics.

PublicThe interdependent members of society who hold different opinions about a mutual problem and who seek to influence its resolution through discourse, 

From the Frontlines, and to the Front Porch

Countless wars have been fought over time, and the surviving soldiers from those wars have always made their way back to their lives when their service has come to a conclusion. Those soldiers become combat veterans, and combat veterans are socially codependent on the public’s perception of them. The public drives the place of the veteran in society. After World War Two (WWII), the public deemed those veterans the “Greatest Generation,” but after the Vietnam War, combat veterans were completely abandoned. In both of these postwar scenes of the combat veteran interacting with the public, the public had made a clear decision to accept or shun the returning combat veterans.

Today the situation is much more precarious, as the United States public feels so offended and scared from the terrorist attacks on 9/11; that post 9/11 is now an era. The United States public also feels perplexed about the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) with a front that has spanned the globe, to include the United States; on home and cyber fronts. The precariousness of this situation leaves no clear definition for the combat veterans of GWOT. The public of the United States cannot clearly say if the veterans of GWOT are patriots in defense in of their nation such as in WWII, or to be abandoned as the combat veterans returning from Vietnam.

This uncertainty has caused turbulence, with no clear response from the public; the post 9/11 combat veteran has been forced to take an interim role as a counter-public while the public jury is out. This is a counter-public similar to that experienced by the combat veterans of the Vietnam War, but not quite as harsh.  The ambiguity given to the post 9/11 combat veteran by the public has allowed it to become a political plaything, thanks to a continued veil of uncertainty. The post 9/11 combat veteran continues to be used as props and pawns to endorse policy; in a disturbing demonstration of democracy.