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Offline Chris M

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Discharge Day
« on: March 1, 2008, 12:30 AM »
Well, today was the first day for me to be a civilian in 8 years. 28 Feb 08 marked the end of my TOS with the USAFR and i was discharged from the Individual Ready Reserve. It felt kind of wierd, no phone call, no emails or anything. I'm just waiting for the paperwork with the DD214 to show up.

I kind of have mixed feelings. I'd go back in a heartbeat, strap on my gear and march through the gates of hell with my buddies. At this moment, my USAFR unit has a squad deployed to the sandbox. I was already IRR when they deployed, but talked to a handful before they left and I just felt like I was sitting on the sidelines and watching. I'm excited that I no longer have the concern of call up and deployment and time away from home hanging over my head, but I have friends in a foreign land and they are without me.

It's an odd feeling.  I guess any vets on the board know what I'm talking about.
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Re: Discharge Day
« Reply #1 on: March 1, 2008, 01:26 AM »
Congrats on your honorable service to this country.  It is very much appreciated!
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Re: Discharge Day
« Reply #2 on: March 1, 2008, 02:55 AM »
Well, today was the first day for me to be a civilian in 8 years. 28 Feb 08 marked the end of my TOS with the USAFR and i was discharged from the Individual Ready Reserve. It felt kind of wierd, no phone call, no emails or anything. I'm just waiting for the paperwork with the DD214 to show up.

I kind of have mixed feelings. I'd go back in a heartbeat, strap on my gear and march through the gates of hell with my buddies. At this moment, my USAFR unit has a squad deployed to the sandbox. I was already IRR when they deployed, but talked to a handful before they left and I just felt like I was sitting on the sidelines and watching. I'm excited that I no longer have the concern of call up and deployment and time away from home hanging over my head, but I have friends in a foreign land and they are without me.

It's an odd feeling.  I guess any vets on the board know what I'm talking about.

I can completely relate.

I was in the navy for 5 years. That was from 1989-1993. I STILL have dreams in my sleep about it. I was in the first gulf war. I was also stationed in Cuba (Guantanamo Bay). Every once in awhile I get a dream that I'm still in the military.

Be in the military will stay with you forever. You're now part of a much larger family bro. Vets stick together. You should check out the VFW and/or American Legion for programs that could benefit you. Whether they be financial, home loans, any type of counseling, not to mention the actual clubs some of the regions have.

Welcome to civilian life again. If you ever need to talk things out and need a vet's perspective or just someone who's been through it to lean on or listen to you, feel free to PM me.

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Re: Discharge Day
« Reply #3 on: March 1, 2008, 03:20 AM »
Brings back memories. I served in the Navy, and while it wasn't a long term like yours it still was different getting out after being in. It was a great experience. Congrats on your service and thank you.
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Re: Discharge Day
« Reply #4 on: March 1, 2008, 11:09 AM »
Welcome back to civilian life and thank you very much for protecting us.
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Re: Discharge Day
« Reply #5 on: March 1, 2008, 08:39 PM »
Chris,

Make sure you go over that DD214 with a fine-toothed comb!  I received one that covered my enlisted time (about 9 1/2 years) when I got my commission through OTS.  It had several errors in it and some I still have not been able to reconcile.  Luckily, I'll receive another one when I retire and it will cover most everything.  I might also have more luck finishing those fixes since I'll be living much closer to base at my new assignment.

Congrats on finishing up your service, and good luck picking out what to wear when you go to work!   ;D
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