A veteran of the US Marine Corps is describing his time in the Ukraine, having volunteered to fight against the Russians.
Bruce, who previously served in the USMC, left behind his wife and two kids over a month ago to take on Russian occupation troops in the Ukraine, did not want to give his last name but was more than happy to provide details.
“It’s just a grind all the time. I haven’t showered or washed my clothes in a couple of weeks now, it is very tough. It’s the little stuff. The hard thing is just being away from everyone back home. You feel though you are needed here, and you have to do what has to be done,” said Bruce.
Bruce left to assist the Ukrainians after watching the nation be overrun by Russians and has since been overworked due to manpower issues.
“I just wanted to see what they needed help with. I didn’t realize that I would be doing as much as I ended up doing, and I didn’t think I would be here nearly as long. But once I saw a lot of stuff that was happening here, I couldn’t just leave,” he said.
Gear and supply shortages are also a concern.
“I just finally got a helmet last week so that was something…today we just filled up our water from some spring in the ground and hauled water back over,” said Bruce. “When I was in the army, anything you possibly want, the latest and greatest night vision, sights, weapons, we got it. Now a truck pulls up, and you unload a couple of crates of ammo and guys flock and grab it. Some old machine gun rolls out and everybody is thrilled to death about it.”
Regardless of the setbacks, Bruce is proud of his comrades.
“These guys are really troopers,” he said. “These Ukrainians have so much fight in them and just determination to not see their country taken away from them that you can’t help but be inspired by that.”
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