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On 23 Octoner 1983, the United States lost 241 Service members to a terrorist bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. In all, a total of 273 lives were lost as a result of the bombing, impacting countless families across America, and beyond.

Service members, their families and loved ones will never forget that day. They live in celebration of the greatness that was shown in the face of great tragedy, and they are committed to making sure their stories are never forgotten. America has a long and sacred history of placing value on its military and it is encouraging to see so many great responses to remembering our fallen.

"Memoirs In The Moment" is an honest potrayal of the intersection between service to others and the impact of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the life of one service member who served at Beirut. It represents an honest look at the motivations, thoughts, and perspectives that challenge Mr. Habi daily, and some of the ways he has learned to cope.

The manuscripts plots the trajectory of Mr. Habi's life from birth to the present day, showing his life before PTSD, and how PTSD has impacted his life and perspective post Beirut, Lebanon.

To help you understand why we were there and what happened, we've linked to a PDF copy of the 24th Marine Amphibious Units's Beirut, Lebanon Cruise Book. We hope you enjoy our American history and gain a clearer understanding of how events shape life today, and for genrations to come.

Education
  • 2014 - 2015

    Master's Degree

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  • 2010 - 2014

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • 2009 - 2010

    School Education

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Award
  • May 2019

    People Awards

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  • April 2018

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  • August 2017

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Helpful Information

It's very important to me to help others find reason to take the next step in their journey to managing their trauma. That said, here are so helpful links you can use to find support and information on PTSD.

PTSD Defined

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury...

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Suicide Prevention Info

For those that serve or who have served, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you’re a veteran or service member and in crisis, these resources can help. Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans...

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Online Assessments

The results of these brief questionnaires won’t tell you for sure whether you have a specific condition, but they may indicate whether it’s a good idea to see a professional or connect with other resources for further assessment and information. We owe it ourselves to take our mental health serious.

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PTSD Triggers

PTSD triggers may be all around you. Even though it may sometimes feel like PTSD symptoms come out-of-the-blue, PTSD symptoms rarely spontaneously occur. Instead, whether you are aware of it not, PTSD symptoms are often triggered or cued by something in our internal (anything that happens within your body...

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Take That Step

Sometimes the main reason we can't move forward is because we don't know how, or where to look. Fortunately there are many resources out there that can help you along in your journey. Use the easy search tool to discover what resources might be close to you. It only takes that one determined step...

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Beirut Videos

We will never forget the loss of life and sacrifices made by Servicemembers and their families. It is our sacred trust. And, we want to share our story with others. Use the button below to see our stories on the MarinesTV website. We hope by sharing, you will pay it forward by inviting others to watch.

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The Book

A bit of information about the United States' purpose in Beirut, Lebanon - 1982 to 1984 - along with an excerpt from "Memoirs In The Moment" to get your day started.


Multi-National Peacekeeping Force


The four-nation MNF was created as an interposition force meant to oversee the peaceful withdrawal of the PLO.[5] The participants included the U.S. Multinational Force (USMNF), which consisted of four different Marine Amphibious Units (MAUs); British 1st Dragoon Guards cavalry regiment; the 1st inter-arm Foreign and French Brigade, 4 Foreign Legion Regiments, 28 French Armed Forces regiments including French and Foreign paratroopers, units of the National Gendarmerie, Italian paratroopers from the Folgore Brigade, infantry units from the Bersaglieri regiments and Marines of the San Marco Regiment. Additionally, the MNF was in charge of training various units of the Lebanese Armed Forces.

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Excerpt from Prologue Section:

"At the tender age of seventeen I joined the United States Marine Corps.  Coming from an impoverished family in Savannah, Georgia, I knew my destiny didn’t include living in the South. I knew there was more to the world than I had come to view as “normal” and that a life of struggle was not for me (the irony of that one).

Inspired by the need to become self-sufficient and develop into my better self, and despite my Mothers’ resistance to my enlisting, I found it liberating to finally make my own decision about the life I wanted.

I had no idea where this decision would take me on my journey of life.  I had no idea of the highs and lows that would manifest as a result, how one specific event could impact me so deeply, or the many different ways I would ultimately be impacted by such a decision.

This manuscript is not about the misery of military service or the misery that follows military service.  It’s not about pointing fingers, casting blame, or avoiding my truth.  It’s about owning my actions and sharing my truth in hopes of helping others.  I’ve decided to write it because too many service members live and operate in our society while fighting against the dark, convoluted thoughts that dominate the mind in the wake of a traumatic experience.  It is my hope that they, and their families, can benefit from this sharing..."

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