Good evening! I am busily readying to write the next installment in the Breaking Protocol series and have ran across a few facts I hadn't shared. In Broken Battlefield, Mended Hearts, there are a few scenes that came from real experiences from my husband serving. Let's take a look:
There is a scene where the team is driving through the terrain and having to keep the humvee from getting high centered. This entire scene- from the views to the treacherous drive came from 2nd deployment in Afghanistan. One minute they would be in the sandy deserts, the next in gorgeous lush forests and mountains. It goes on to say they rolled into a brush field of marijuana plants... again true. Hubs and his platoon drove into a huge pot field that had plants well over their heads and stocks the size of trees. The buds were as described- bigger around than a coke can and longer than their forearm. With opium and hash being a major export in Iraq and Afghanistan and used by most of the locals, it grows plentiful. During raids, they would find buildings full of hash bricks as far as the eye could see. In most cases, weapons were included into the mix and the guys were instructed to destroy it. When they went on search missions, nine out of ten houses held stock piles of ammunition, weapons, and explosives shoved under beds, in floors and secret compartments. Most of what they found were American made. The realization that not all of it could be condoned as confiscated from troops is frighting. Our country sells weapons to the very people we go to war with. What the hell? People so dead set on making a buck are taking the lives of the men and women in which fight for their freedom. There are so many startling facts that most of the population doesn't know, and our soldiers are instructed to keep under wraps. Scary, right?
Moving on, in the scene where Jared gives Vice some of the candy stash that Bella and the kids hid in his bags and gear- Every deployment the kids and I would get a ton of candy and hide fire balls and other candy as well as little notes in socks, pockets, and anywhere we could. That way, every time he changed clothes, he would have a little piece of home and know that we loved him. He of course shared most of the time, except the little love notes and drawings from the kids, which made us popular with the unit. When I packed care packages, I made sure to add extra cookies and treats for everyone.
Earlier in the story before they left, Jared told Bella to play his song to her every day, being Nickelback's Love Me When I'm Gone. This was something my hubby did every trip. I cry every time I hear the damn song even now.
There are so many things I used in this series and will continue to throughout....
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