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I Am An Army Veteran

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    Officially....

    As of 17 AUG 09. I am discharged from the Army National Guard and assigned to the Retired Reserve. Type of discharge : Honorable Sgt Christopher John Pollock ( RET.) 26 MAR 1986 - 26 MAR 1988 3 YRS 24 DEC 1990 - 17 AUG 2009  18 YRS 7 MONTHS 25 DAYS    ...
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 10 Responses Sep 18, 2009

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    Joined Up Again

    I was in Afghanistan if anyone wants to read that, we're not being deployed but I joined again. I'm afraid Ill be disabled when I come home if I do get deployed. I'm starting to regret this but my life's goin nowhere real fast so, whatever. Ill do it. Message to to. -Mitchell.
    Jackedlol Jackedlol 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 24, 2013

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    US Army enlisted 1986 FT Campbell

    and Germany !!!! Got out in August 1990 And promptly got recalled as an IRR for Desert Storm..... Ended up back with my unit from Campbell.... Lol. Best part was I got to ETS twice :)
    popuptarget popuptarget 46-50, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    I Have Been Trying To Get A Va Home Loan.

    I have never done any thing like this before. So please bear with me while I try to tell my story.About three years ago my step-daughter had a baby girl and would not take care of her so my wife and I strated taking care fo the child. she has turned into a beautiful child and I...
    FIREWALK01 FIREWALK01 56-60, M 1 Response Dec 30, 2010

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    I'm An Army War Veteran

    That's right, Huuuh and a Hoo Rah to the armed forces. We're all on the same side I typed in two calls.. I only know Army and Marines, no disrespect to the other guys I just never saw any of em in combat so don't know if they got one. Anyway just glad to add my story with fellow...
    vavaeon vavaeon 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    First of all, for the love of God,

    don't thank me. The heroes came home with pieces missing or didn't come home at all. (Caveat: This does not apply to Medal of Honor recipients or other decorated veterans.) Second, those were the best four years and two deployments of my life. I knew precisely where I was...
    PhresnoPhoenix PhresnoPhoenix 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 10

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    Rainbow Division And Beyond

    13Sep70 enlisted in AG Co. 42d Inf. Div. NYARNG. Basic training and infantry (11B) AIT at Ft. Jackson. Infantry OCS to 2Lt MSC assigned to 102d Med Bn, 42d ID, NYARNG Jul72. Transfer to 348th General Hospital, 79th ARCOM assist S-3; 1977 - 1983. MOS change from 67B field medical...
    railfan4019 railfan4019 61-65, M Feb 17, 2013

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    OIF!!

    I went to Iraq for a 1.5 years, and it changed me forever. I always lived life to the fullest and had crazy stories before I ever went there, but I mean something about being in the middle of a war-zone, getting shot at and IED's going off all around on the road between missions...
    JonnyCecil JonnyCecil 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 18, 2013

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    1998-2002

    I had the privilege of working for Uncle Sam during some fairly quiet years.  I joined in the fall of 98, went to basic and AIT at Ft. Benning, GA.  Got to the 101st in the spring of 1999 and basically was in Ft. Campbell until I got out in September of 2002. ...
    MstuckF MstuckF 31-35, T Nov 12, 2009

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    I Apologize For the Confsion...

    My story in this group is under DunnoNeed.  
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 5, 2009

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    I started at the age of 17 still in high school

    I join the army National Guard, I graduate high school the following summer and went to Basic and AIT at Ft Jackson SC (tank Hill)return home and try college for a year, I transfer from the National Guard to Regular Army and serve 4 years, I serve a total of 6 years 79-85...
    no2clothes no2clothes 51-55, M Feb 4

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    Forever Alone

    i am a disabled veteran who joined the army in 1980 right out of high school, just wanting to get out of a gang infested city in Los Angeles, i made it thru basic but while in AIT at Ft Lee Virginia i was sexually assulted by a fellow soldier, my life was never the same, although...
    latinlaydey latinlaydey 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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    Biggest Achievement But Not the Best Choice

    Basic Training was at Fort Jackson, SC from November 1987 to January 1988. AIT was at Fort Gordon, GA from January 1988 to April 1988.  (36M) First duty station was Fort Bragg, NC from April 1988 to April 1989. Second duty station was Uijongbu, Korea from...
    DunnoNeed DunnoNeed 41-45 Apr 4, 2009

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    Oscar5kilo/mike7/kilo9

    I loved being in the Army. I grew up in a military family. My parents were both in the Armed Forces, and met at the Pentagon in 1963. My mother was a W.A.C. ( Women's' Army Corp ), and one of the first 5 W.A.C.s to be trained on IBM computers. She met my father ( who...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 41-45, F 14 Responses Oct 11, 2009

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    Fng

    I'm new to EP and the group.  I'm still active duty stationed in GA,  18 years in, 3 deployments, and looking forward to retiring
    irishmick irishmick 46-50, M Oct 10, 2011

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    amosquito amosquito 31-35, M Feb 4

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    I Served...

    I served in the army for seven years. I did two tours in Iraq as an infantryman with the 25th id. What an awesome experience.
    Fuknsos Fuknsos 31-35, M Oct 6, 2012

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    ***A VETERAN*** Whether on active duty,

    retired, national guard or reserve, or justserved, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America, " for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who...
    ken757 ken757 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 4

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    I Was In the Army Too.

    I went to basic at Ft McClellan, AL in 1973, AIT twice at Ft Jackson, SC and even did a tour at Karlsruhe, Germany for 16 months. Loved it. I was in from 1973-1976 then again from 1980-1982 where I was stationed at Ft Ord, CA. I was even stationed in Presidio of SF, CA back...
    brat58 brat58 56-60, F 2 Responses Aug 13, 2009

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    I Made A Mistake

    No one cares that I served my country. No one hires me because of it. I get discriminated against when I bring it up, so I try hard not to. I'm starting to think my resume would look better if I said I as unemployed for the years I served. I tell everyone not to bother -- there's...
    wtfimik wtfimik 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 1, 2012

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    British Army Veteran

    No Victoria Cross, no other bravery awards - just a soldier who did his job.
    Danny1000 Danny1000 51-55, M 3 Responses Nov 7, 2011

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    Combat Engineer

    i was a combat engineer in the U.S.Army for about 2 years. i was i Bosnia for 3 months. When i first got there i was a PFC(E-3). my first combat experience was only 5 days after i arrived there. My squad leader was shot and killed, and my fellow soldiers asked me to lead them...
    friendlyspaz522001 friendlyspaz522001 22-25, M 2 Responses May 12, 2008

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    Sapper779 Sapper779 41-45, M Jun 1

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    I Wish I Was Still In The Army

    Hello all I served with the Army for twelve years, Brittish Army 10th Btn Parachute Rgt, I miss it.
    rareg247 rareg247 51-55, M Jun 21, 2011

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    Reunion

    This might sound selfish. Or maybe you will understand. I know i'm gonna ramble so please bare with me. The closer this gets, the more excuses i come up with. **** lucky for me life throws enough obstacles in my way that i might not even have the money to go. Then the remorse and...
    whatistheprob whatistheprob 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 17, 2013

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    Can I Ever Find My Soul Again?

    "It's the cold, blunt truth. There was a little girl that died." There was a car bomb that -- what happened was, there's an Iraqi police station and right next to it was, like, a coffee shop, and a lot of the police officers would go there to get coffee in the mornings. There...
    Digitaldork Digitaldork 31-35, M 7 Responses Nov 9, 2013

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    Saving Private Ryan Movie

    Ever seen the saving private Ryan Movie? Does the US Gov't get the only son of Veterans of harms way, or is that all hollywood  BS? Probably questions coming in to elected officials!!!! I was the only son of a Navy Veteran who was on a destroyer USS Massey as a fire...
    matuscak1961 matuscak1961 46-50 1 Response Apr 9, 2010

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    Joined the army fresh out of high school 7yrs

    ago in may. Deployed twice. It's crazy to look back on everything I have seen and been put thru because of the army. Don't regret one bit :)
    Kehau89 Kehau89 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 6

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    11-11-11

    November 11th is Veterans Day. Don't forget to raise a toast, and if so inclined a prayer, to friends and family who have served, and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free. To them we owe a special debt. Thank You one and all, and may God continue...
    donh2989 donh2989 41-45, M Nov 10, 2011

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    I'm An Army Veteran At The Age Of 22!

    Hi! I'm new to this site, thought I'd share my story! :) I'm a 22 year old female, Army Veteran. I was in for only 9 months!! I wanted to serve the 5 years I enlisted for, get out and pursue a career in Law Enforcement! I was 31B- MP... My training was Osut at Ft...
    thatgirlx0x0 thatgirlx0x0 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 4, 2010

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    Here We Go Again, Same Old Stuff Again

    I served on Active Duty from November of 1987 to November of 1991.  And spent a little less than 2 years in the National Guard after that.  I am proud of having served my country, especially my service during Desert Shield/Storm.  The only thing I wish I had done...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 16, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    My husband is ready to join the army. I'm ok with it now. A couple of months ago I was not. We just got married May 4, 2014 so it will be really hard for us. We are just starting...
    AshleyStiles AshleyStiles 18-21 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I love my veteran so much. At the age of 27 He is a 90% disable army vet and he means the world to me. I could never of asked for a better guy in my life. He was my first kiss back...
    Hugsandkisses2621 Hugsandkisses2621 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 8

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    To all you wonderful men and women out there I want to say thank you. although I feel it is not to enough to just thank a soldier It is all I have, my boyfriend and Uncle also...
    Armygirl2012 Armygirl2012 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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    I have role played ever since I was a child, so I am a veteran at it now. People nowadays are ignorant of what role-playing is supposed to be about, and I miss the days when I...
    Necrosambi Necrosambi 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    Hello I don't know or talk to many army girlfriends. But I definitely would like to id would be nice to have people who know how I feel and understand what were going through or...
    lyssaraelou lyssaraelou 26-30, F Jul 3

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    Hi my name is Autumn. I am 17 years old and just a few weeks ago started dating a guy named Kenny who is 20. We were together 2 and a half years ago but we broke up bc of a certain...
    autumn977 autumn977 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 4

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    i work as a mechanical engineer and a specialist in heating , ventilation & air conditioning i wanna be in the my india's army ....... this has been my life goal but my family...
    gokul273 gokul273 18-21, M Jul 13

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    I wanted to join the army a long time now but my cousin who was in the navy suggested the Air Force and I started to lean in that direction. I still want the Air Force but I would...
    overcomer24 overcomer24 22-25, F Jul 14

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    I want to give back to my Nation. I am going to serve and protect those who can't do it for themselves. I will go above and beyond my own capabilities to show that I am not just...
    ElMatador96 ElMatador96 16-17, M Jul 22

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    I often read and reread the letters he sent me while at Boot Camp just because it is something personal and intimate. I catch myself smiling and laughing once in a while because i...
    mrsgallegos mrsgallegos 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I'm totally new to this site.. But I too recently became an army girlfriend. My boyfriend dreams big, and I knew he had been wanting to go into the army national guard. I knew when...
    crysttall13 crysttall13 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Join my army today Requirements 1. Must be insaneish/crazy 2. Must want to take over the world 3. Do weird things....
    eatthekids1stplease eatthekids1stplease 18-21, M Jul 1

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    I am a proud army girlfriend. My soldier is currently in training.
    Lovepvtscott Lovepvtscott 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    Well I am not in the army but my fiancé is. He got stationed overseas after AIT and is still currently there, so I was wondering if any of you knew when it is that he would be...
    PeachesRodriguez PeachesRodriguez 18-21, F Jul 1

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    The hardest part of being an Army brat is having to leave your old friends and trying to make new ones. Trying to fit in, wondering if anyone is going to like you, again.
    jenna6978 jenna6978 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 4

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    My boyfriend has been in the army for a year and the distance is so hard, as all So's already know. Recently I had seriously considered moving to where my boyfriend is, 6 states...
    AmaneU AmaneU 18-21, F Jul 5

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    I have to admit sometimes my boyfriend gets on my last nerve, but then everytime I get mad at him I remember how much I love you and how much I want to be with him. These army...
    AmaneU AmaneU 18-21, F Jul 5

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    My boyfriend in the army like I'm starting to under stand that my boyfriend is there like not making me any happy that I live with his parents I'm 19 he 20 I'm going to be 20 in...
    katlyncody katlyncody 18-21, F Jul 6

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    I'm new to being an army girlfriend , i love my soldier and im proud to say it! He just left like 2 weeks ago , i misss him sooooo much , i was wondering if any other girls feel...
    ailynnn ailynnn 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    this army life is crazy , i miss my baby so much ,not a day goes by that i don't think of him! I miss his hugs , his kisses , i just need him by my side :( this is so difficult! i...
    ailynnn ailynnn 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10