Congratulations for becoming a civilian once again. Like yourself, I am a veteran adjusting to this twisted, deeply augmented life that’s filled constantly with uncertainty. Transitioning to a normal life outside of the parameters of military life can be overwhelming and disjointed. And this is partly why I created this site.
Before I go any further, I want to introduce myself to you, my fellow brother and sister in arms. I signed up in January 1987 with the U.S. Army and was shipped out for Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina the following month. I had a job working with the federal government at the time and they released me on a furlough. My time in basic training was challenging but made it through despite an foot injury that later proved hazardous to my training. Afterwards, I went to Fort Gordon, GA for A.I.T. (Advance Individualize Training) to learn my military job, 31Lima [36C] – Wire Systems Installer. As I learned my job of climbing poles (yes, you heard right), my boot gaft split the indentation of the pole and I slid down 20′ to the ground. Long story short, I busted both feet. The accident made an already not so healed injury from basic training worse. Needless to say, I was stuck at Fort Gordon for a year until finally being able to progress through the classes, fitness tests and graduation. Well, that’s my story, my intro, in condensed version. One day, I’ll read your amazing stories in your posts.
Pretty much you probably made it to your local VA health care for that free checkup and one time free dental checkup within the 90 day period since being home. If you haven’t, you should take advantage of it.
Also, it would be a great idea to file for compensation if ever you were injured or suffered sickness while serving in the U.S. military. It’s what I did even though it takes a lot of patience to get past the aggravation of the whole process.
Find out as much as you can concerning your VA benefits. You’ve earned it after all. As I develop this site, I’ll provide you with needful contacts and information that would aid you in your pursuit of benefits.
My desire is to welcome you home and thank you for your service and protecting our nation.