The Warrior Within


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Listen to the words of Vietnam veteran, Green Beret (and friend of Elle P) Lee Burkins in this video by Jacob White. It’s a short documentary made for a film class at the University of Texas, but a lot of you will be interested in what the man has to say. Some things are timeless – much of what Mr. Burkins remembers herein could just as easily come from someone 1/3 his age returning from overseas right now. We invite you to partake of his wisdom. It’s very likely, however, most of us might require additional life experience to see things the way he does.

He has an interesting take on what it is to be a warrior.

You can find a copy of his book, “A Soldier’s Heart: An Inspirational Memoir and Inquiry of War” right here.


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7 thoughts on “The Warrior Within

  • April 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Coming home from the battlefield…back to the routine boring irrelevance of normalcy is just a BITCH! What I missed was the intensity, the clarity of purpose and mission, the bonds of the battlefield, brotherhood… the challenge of the mission and the great sense of pride and honor upon completion. Getting back in the groove with a family and/or a “job” would be a most difficult process. I was quite young and wounded coming home, so I had a somewhat different return experience, but no wife or children to readjust/reconnect to.Lots of rehab, surgeries, secondary physical and emotional issues to contend with but not just dumped on the streets … a tough transition for many, sadly impossible for some. I think it has always been we have a much better chance of successful reintegration than had the warriors of the 20th century largely due to instant comms and some understanding of the issues. I hope that is the case..

  • April 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Worst I ever went through was peacekeeping and even that messed me up.

    I’ve got buddies in the Canadian Forces coming back from Afghanistan who have forgotten how to be themselves, and that is a scary reality. Guys that used to laugh, carry on, and drink me under the table have forgotten the first 2 and now they just drink to stay numb.

    I don’t know about for you guys down south, but up here PTSD and massive depression after rotation is a HUGE problem, and our government is only now starting to realize it. 10 years into this war, they’re finally starting to clue in.

    • April 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      It’s everywhere brother. Like stolen valor, PTSD has been with the warrior forever. My father suffered it from WWII, my uncles from Korea, as did I from Vietnam combat… as do you youngsters today! Not sure of common denominators other than combat exposure, though now that distinction is being stripped from those of us who share it.THAT pisses me off!! Best I can say, get some help, start a self-help group,find solitude and peace,get religion..WHATEVER it takes to save your life!! For Gods sake, leave the booze alone!!! Do not be afraid to reach out FOR help, or WITH help!! God bless brother…

  • April 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Enlisted in 67 and retired in 01. Took another 13 years of going through hell before I realized, I had it. I had always denied.

    Now the self-healing has begun. You are right. If we survive this long, we seek to self-heal and understand for others.

    LtCol USMC


  • April 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Damn good stuff. I can definitely relate.

  • April 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I generally have huge respect for our Veterans but I have especially high regard for the Combat Veterans of Vietnam. May 5th, my fathers 65th, he will be receiving a copy of “A Soldiers Heart” – thanks for the important topics and great articles.


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