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.