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I Am An Army Veteran

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 155 People

    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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    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 5 Responses Feb 6

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 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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    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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    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 3 Responses Jun 10

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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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    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 4 Responses Feb 4, 2010

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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 :)
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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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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    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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    ***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 4 Responses Apr 4

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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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    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 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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    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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    I'm an uk combat veteran

    that is struggling being back in civillian life
    timbo76 timbo76 36-40, M 1 Response Nov 10

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    Yep, I am one. Did a little over 6 years,

    97-03. Germany, Kansas (with a field trip to Kuwait), and Maryland. Made some lifelong friends, would do it again in a heartbeat.
    white95zj white95zj 31-35, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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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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    amosquito amosquito 31-35, M Feb 4

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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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    been deployed with the 25th I love the army

    and I would do it all over if I got the chance next year my contract is up and I'll rejoin but ima try to get sf in my contract this time XD
    sapper325 sapper325 18-21, M Dec 16

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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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    I'm the youngest war Veteran ever in all

    history 😐 I have no life. What else was I suppose to do. Parents dead,whole family died on a holiday 😒 It's only me. What else do I do? Sit here and be miserable and useless ? I've been shot and stared dead straight into the eyes. I've seen heaven. I've been to hell and...
    shaunyy0911 shaunyy0911 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 16

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    The men and women in/out of our military deserve so much more than what they are getting. I don't believe the amount of veterans that are out on the streets having to rely on...
    ES1497 ES1497 18-21 1 Response Dec 4

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    I serve 6 years in the United States Marine Corps, Middle East at the Central Africa and West Africa. there are many things I can't speak about other veterans will tell you this...
    AntonioV AntonioV 46-50, M 7 Responses Dec 8

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    I love the USA, and I salute our Service Personnel and Veterans!
    theworldofbobby theworldofbobby 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 20

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    The most difficult part of being a veteran (in my opinion), is knowing that it's over and I can never go back to doing what I loved doing the most. I miss it more than anything, my...
    Sinatra616 Sinatra616 31-35, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    legally able to kill and says its fighting for ur ppl. ppl do tht on their own its called gangs or killers. gangs should jion army. id join army so legal kills or so id be killed...
    matrixwolf matrixwolf 16-17, M 3 days ago

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    I think suicidal ppl like me should be able to get jobs in army as suicide bombers the enemy cpuntrys have em so ours should be able to like if I was in our army n my ppl were...
    matrixwolf matrixwolf 16-17, M 3 days ago

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    I know this group is for girls who have boyfriends that are in the army. My situation is a little different, I'm in the army and I leave for basic training in July, then I go...
    healthyvibes healthyvibes 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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    I'll be completely honest. I hate my job. It is not a worthwhile career. it squanders talent. It plugs unqualified people into many jobs and acts like it's system of job placement...
    shyslh shyslh 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Thought you ladies might like this. I found this poem online A Soldiers Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one bedroom house made of plaster...
    asoldiersgirl2012 asoldiersgirl2012 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    My boyfriend, he hasn't exactly left for the army yet, but he is sworn in and there's only seven months until he leaves for Basic Training. And we're counting the months at the...
    MickeyLeen MickeyLeen 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 6

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    Kapooka training. Hi there, does anyone have any idea about how long it usually takes between the medical examinations & selection process and the kapooka training? How much of a...
    shazza23 shazza23 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 14

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    So lately, we've been back and forth to the recruiter as we get passed a lot of medical stuff. So we're finally towards the home stretch. We'll be submitting a med read at the end...
    WynonnaMarye WynonnaMarye 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 17

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    Anyone else from Russia or former USSR Republic? Now I'm Russian Army reservist with aspiration to serve in special forces (Spetsnaz). I failed test this year (few seconds time on...
    fedor93 fedor93 18-21, M Dec 19

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    The first man I loved never slept. He would hold his dreams at arms length until the sun came up and it was safe to briefly shut his eyes. He was very quiet. When we were together...
    yourtheocean yourtheocean 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 7

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    A few days ago, I was working and I stopped a marine and thanked him. A few minutes later, he comes walking back in with tears in his eyes. This man had gone through hell in...
    Siviglia Siviglia 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 15

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