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"Iraq Combat Veterans Use Social Media To Fight PTSD & Moral Injury"
*Please be patient as this site becomes updated and fine tuned. I have been doing the work with no support and have little web experience.
My name is Lu Lobello. I am an 8 year Marine Corps combat veteran, a Sociologist and soon to be Lawyer. I have been diagnosed with severe PTSD and Moral Injury. During my time in the Marine Corps I had the honor of serving with Fox Company 2/23, aka "The Sinners and The Saints." During our deployment to Iraq in 2003 my unit served with honor, courage and commitment. We were one of the first units to enter Baghdad. During an urban patrol our unit was ambushed and in the ensuing firefight one of our Marines was shot through the head, 13 were wounded and many civilians were either killed or wounded. The day was April 8th 2003.
Since that day I have strived to come to terms with what life after war means. Five years ago I set out on one final mission--to find the Kachadoorians. They were one of the Iraqi families caught in the crossfire of our firefight. Last year I was fortunate enough to not only find the family but to meet them. Since then we have become family.
This website is dedicated to the Marines I served with and the Kachadoorian family. I hope the lessons I learned in the last decade of my life can be used to better the lives of all veterans as well as non-combatants affected by warfare. I have developed my own theories of PTSD, Moral Injury and Veterans Activism. Below is a synopsis of what each of the tabs up top contain. There is something on this site for everyone, whether you are a veteran, a refugee or a professional who has committed your life to helping a veteran or refugee.
Please click on this link up top for a comprehensive look at the interviews I have done.
Please click on this link up top to learn more about the Kachadoorians, their journey to the U.S., what they are doing now, pictures of their family and what you can do to help them live a fuller life.
The Sinners and The Saints
Please click on this link up top to learn more about "The Sinners and The Saints," where they are now, pictures, videos and how you can help them live a fuller life.
Please click on this link up top if you are a veteran in need of assistance, whether you need financial help, educational help, mental health help or help finding another vet. If you are an organizational leader that would like us to list your site please send us an email.
Social Media Advocacy Think Tank
Please click on this link up top to learn how social media is changing the landscape of veterans healing, how social media helped me find the Kachadoorians, reconnect with my unit and heal my hidden wounds as well as how social media is changing foreign policy.
USA-Unit Specific Aid
Please click on this link up top to learn how veterans service organizations can keep up with the changing needs of today's veterans, how post Vietnam Veteran organizations should change the way they collect donations and disburse them. In today's day and age every dollar donated should be able to be traced to the veteran it helped.
Please click on this link up top to learn about a revolutionary way to treat veterans suffering from PTSD and Moral injury by addressing a Veteran's environment as well as his or her internal thought process.
Veterans Political Field Manual
Please click on this link up top if you are a politically minded veteran that is hoping to run for office and would like to learn more about our platform.
If you need help and can not find it on this site or anywhere else please contact me directly. Lu Lobello 702-462-1354. Semper Fidelis.
If you would like to donate to the Kachadoorians and other civilian victims of war click below
If you would like to donate directly to the members of Fox Company 2/23