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Countless Americans have sacrificed life & limb to both establish & maintain our liberty which's given us the privilege of living in freedom since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Today, I'm finally breaking the code of silence around my service & sacrifice
2/

I served my adopt country at a substantial sacrifice to myself, & I never regain what I gave up.

Today, my American spirit is shattered by the current regime.

A migrant has more freedom then you & I. A migrant has more freedom then my American born--children.
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I feel like I'm dying from a slow death that this diseased, tyrannical dictator and members of his administration benefited from my sacrifice & those of my comrades through out their lifetime.

What hurts is serving my country meant going against my culture, my religion,
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and my Somali community because I'm a female & Muslim.

What hurts is being disowned by my family since my first enlistment in 1998.

I was alone during my oath of enlistment.

I was alone during basic graduation.

I was alone every..
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military school graduation.

I was alone deployment ceremonies.

I was alone post deployment--welcome home ceremonies.

I was alone on promotion and award ceremonies.

I received no letters, no phone calls, no care packages. None at all during my entire service years.
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I was forbidden to tell my five brothers, aunts, & uncles, grandma & my Somali-American friends.

My mom hid it from everyone else about my service.

I had to wear the burka over my uniforms and took it off in my car, at the base parking lot before I reported for formation..
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so I wasn't seen in my military uniforms.

I was prepared to sacrifice my own life for the cause of our freedom & the American way. But, I didn't realize it would mean my whole world going against me and disowning me.

Nonetheless, I was proud, fiercely proud, to be an
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American and a grateful one. So, I stuck with serving, protecting America, Americans, and American interests.

To stand like sheep in a pasture with others surrounding us is easy. To be the few voices to wander outside with no fear, only courage, is what makes us Americans.
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I love my country more than where I was born or any place on earth. But I'm devastated and beyond heartbroken.

In the words of Pogo, “we have met the enemy and he is us."

There're too many home-grown American terrorists subverting, ignoring, defying and destroying our..
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constitution and essential liberties.

At watershed moments like these, the unconquerable American spirit would come alive. And we would send battalion, brigade, and division sized of American soldiers to indicate, inflict death and suffering to such terrorist.
We dismiss the agony of our American spirit today as growing pains.

We have failed to recognized as hunger pangs, that our body politic hungers for new directions, new answers to new needs.

I deathly terrified that our generation will be the first in 200 years to deny the
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demands of our American spirit.

I want to fight and scream every step of the way to preserve our principles of freedom and justice articulated in our Constitution, however, it requires battalion, brigade, & division sized American citizens to unify to take out the regime
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As each day passes, I'm afraid we are failing to seize the moment, and letting slip the chance to recapture our personal freedom--that moment may never come again in our lifetime.

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