Posted on Feb 18, 2016
COL Mikel Burroughs
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RP Members, Connections, and Friends one of those Questions that was lost in RP Outer Space, but still a great question.

What did you do in the days and weeks afterward when you left the service

Did you take a vacation?

Do you remember where you were when you left the service?

Did you immeidatley start going to school, look for a job, draw unemployment?

How did you feel?

I drew unemployment and starting looking for a job right away, while attending College immediately - I was married and had to get going!
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TSgt Dawn Premock
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I was medically retired due to cancer. So instead of going to Iraq like I was supposed to, I had my own battle at home. I spent a lot of time at Walter Reed Medical Center (the original one). I lost my left thumb to the cancer. Being ambidextrous, I had to learn how to do many things again. I already suffered PTSD and it came back on me with a huge bang. I was in hell with the VA not having the care I needed and declaring me unemployable.
Once I was 5 years clear of cancer, I turned my world around and started helping fellow veterans. I joined the VFW, DAV, AL, but I found my calling with AMVETS. They treated me as a fellow veteran and respected me for it. That's what I have been doing since, and I love it.
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TSgt Dawn Premock
TSgt Dawn Premock
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LTC James McElreath It's still a roller coaster for me. What helps me is focusing on the needs of my fellow veterans and not on my PTSD.
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Sgt Ron Harris
Sgt Ron Harris
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Good for you, Dawn! God bless you.
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SGT Chas Brothers
SGT Chas Brothers
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Thank you for sharing with us. Being on the rollercoaster is never easy - I know. Being productive while helping other veterans, also has its rewards as well so I congratulate you on finding your niche'. From an MVA I was in I had to learn how to be ambidextrous, and am dealing with my own cancer now. I'm also "unemployable" and doing what I can now to keep the VA from declaring me a loon because of inaccurate diagnosis, improper clinical notes, bs psychology, and personal conjecture. Good luck to you Dawn!
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SPC Martin Meyer
SPC Martin Meyer
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I am glad to hear you beat cancer that is wonderful. I am also very happy to see you helpding other veterans with the issues they are facing. I Salute you! AATW!
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Sgt Tom Cunnally
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I transferred to the Reserves in Boston Ma on Friday & the following Monday I was a Freshman at Boston College after 3 years of active duty. I called all the Jesuits "Sir" , saluted all of the ROTC Cadets, called all of the women "Ma'am and when called on in class I would stand at attention and answer "Sir" or "Yes Sir" ..finally after a few weeks it sunk in my head that I was no longer in the Marines but it was a challenge.
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Nicci Eisenhauer
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CPL Brendan Hayes And we civilians learn that from you... it's good common courtesy time forgot!
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TSgt David Whitmore
TSgt David Whitmore
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I say 'Ma'am' and 'Sir' all the time. I even use these terms when talking to my grandchildren. I told them, quite often, it is a term of respect. And you know what? I've caught them using it when talking to other people, even kids their own age.
It's kind of fun to watch.
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SPC Roselito Estrada
SPC Roselito Estrada
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Wow. There's a saying...Once a Marine will always be a Marine. It rings true.
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SSG Nick Tramontano
SSG Nick Tramontano
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That's funny. Year ago there was a young Marine on the Price is Right. Bob Barker mentioned the discipline as he kept saying 'yes sir' !!
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SGT Ben Hilger
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Slept in... Lol
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1SG Margarita Brunke
1SG Margarita Brunke
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I have not slept for more than 2-3 hours a night so I am always up at 0400
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SSG Jose M. Hernandezsanchez
SSG Jose M. Hernandezsanchez
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Woohoo!!!!
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Nicci Eisenhauer
Nicci Eisenhauer
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Best answer yet SGT Ben Hilger
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