By the usual suspect
I didn't get out of the army completely normally. I was supposed to be stop lossed but contacting a senator prevented that. Instead, myself and a handful of other soldiers got to go home, roughly on time and enjoy civilian life on our own terms.
"Suspect, you need to go see First Sergeant NOW!"
It is my last moment in the motor pool, being regarded as a normal soldier. My phone rings as soon as I crawl out of the stryker and get service.
"--o see First Sergeant like NOW!!!"
What had I done this time? I knocked on his door and boomed, "First Sergeant, Specialist--"
"Shut up, get in here."
I stand at parade rest.
"When the fuck did you drop a congressional?"
I stammered through the backstory for half a second and was dismissed. Oh fuck. I had just shit on the man I respected most.
Then I went back to my room, which I shared with my buddy that went to tokyo with me. We went to basic training together. Had the same contract. Same day in, same day out. Now the unit is hanging on to everyone they can, and my buddy had a couple months AWOL time. With the Senator's intervention, myself and I believe 140 some soldiers were released from active duty on time. My buddy would not be one of them. They nailed him and added the bad time to his contract at the last minute. I went home and they went back to Iraq.
As for college, you know that disaster. Two failed attempts and $5000+ debt. Whatever, too easy, got a payment plan.
School would be a great way to try to get normal again. But that has to wait, I have to earn that.
Now for the latest: the VA has offered me as a free worker to Best Buy for my vocational rehabilitation work assessment. I would work thirty hours a week and get a five hundred dollar a month stipend from VA. Best Buy Corporate said no, citing insurance worries. The VA pays all of that. Uh huh....
But I have my apartment! Thanks to HUDVASH! So the republicans that want to slash the funds because they go unclaimed should take some of those funds to advertise the fucking program! I know, that's simply ludicrous!
I am rated 50% disabled for ptsd and have a pending tbi claim. Might not even be able to get back into the army if I need.
If they wont, WHATEVER, cuz I'm the Dude. I'm the guy with the badass skull painted on his guitar, and I'm the guy that can play it faster than fuck.
And then when im done, I come up with a new fuckin' battle plan! I go all out! Pencils and erasers, protractors, glitter. I can't remember why im supposed to wait for the Va to get me a job for a fraction of the money, but they're pretty awesome to me, so I'm gonna trust them.
Also, fuck Best Buy, their customer service is horrible. My mission was to go in their, grossly underpaid, and work harder, sell more than the other employees. I was to be the annoying bastard that devotes his existence to being Employee of the Month. And I wouldn't even being making commissions. Wow, Best Buy Corporate, someone in your division is not thinking strategically. A FREE, HIGHLY MOTIVATED employee.
Or, karma is real. In which case I'm still paying.
In other news, I have my war tapes on mini dv but no power cord for the camcorder, so I can't get the footage off the tapes. Fun in Baghdad. Lots of breaking and entering. House to house, room clearing. Jawjacking. Good stuff. So if anyone knows how they can help, I can promise some gnar visuals.
Anyway, I'm gonna keep clawing my way into this american dream. If not, see you in Afghanistan, baby! Cuz if I go back in, its not as a sniveling short timer, but as a fucking professional.