a reply to: CryHavoc
45 Veterans days since discharged. Napa Tracus Safeway Wayne Madden refused My Guaranteed Job back which violated Safeway Promise, Congress Law and
the Vallejo Retail Clerks Union Military Withdrawal Card!
59 days in VA Hospital Ft Miley San Francisco over a broken leg just after discharged. Saw and Intern not a doctor. Leg set in plaster and would be
released after 4 days as I broke the Tibia the big bone. 4 days later we find out that the xray through plaster showed misalignment. Now the plaster
cast must be removed and leg rebroken and reset. When the cast was removed we found out I had a bruise. A real bad one that had a blood blister on
the top of my left foot. This had rotted and was black and infected because the intern never saw it and wrapped the cast too tight for the skin to
breath let alone clear.
I don't want to bore you with debriding process which took 54 days, you can google that, however, my brothers who have been wounded would understand.
The hole from the top of my foot was almost through and through but not quite I was lucky I was not sent home to find out 4 weeks later at cast
renewal time. One could ponder the loss of that vital part of me, and walking.... 55th day we talked about skin grafting. I wanted to talk about
walking.... Nobody at Ft. Miley could answer any of my serious questions. 80% chance of taking that is all Intern could suggest. On the 59th day I
had I was woken by the ward charge nurse at 00:00hrs. Warned not to sue the VA as one day I might need them and if I did that need I may not wake up
from. I promise that last line did in fact happened. Mid 59th day Intern visit apologized for his lacking in Internship to handle my situation like
a Doctor. I was satisfied that Intern was Man enough to admit his shortcomings (Not his fault, VA as this was 1976 we had surrendered VN in '75 the
government started clawing back benefits making the GI bill an impossibility except for those who could afford their education) and said I could have
a new plaster cast with a window to keep wound dressing fresh.
Do the math, I am no longer eligible for Unemployment, my G.I. bill cancelled due the lack of attendance now I have two problems rent and bills, and
as the government claw back which was changed after serving 6 years, they want their money back for course work not finished. Thus for many people
would never be allowed to finished school unless somehow money came from heaven or crap tables in Reno. I lived in Piedmont side of Oakland
California. An all time low hit me. I had for 9 more months a cast from my left Testical to my left big toe. Unemployment office unhelpful and
decline my claim due to the lack of being able to work. Long story short I did illegal things as I learned skills in army. I collected cash from
vending machines in Oakland.... LOL change was heavy and highly sought after in these areas. I carried weapons. That and selling weed to army
buddies at the Presidio and limping to school. I got by. Follow the Airborne Rangers lead the way!
I received a great start by Lorillard Kent ciggies. I did this job in all of the places in San Francisco as we were a Woman company and these were
places Lorillard would not send a female. Yep high crime areas of San Francisco. In that time I had a Colt .45 Peacemaker put at my head, the story
owner who did not speak much english had shown by making change to the wrong person how much he forgot to go to the bank for 3 days. As a
Manufacturer rep I carried a company wallet as we handed cash under the table for displaying our promoted brand that would be taken down after I left.
I had over two thousand dollars on me and my car had another two thousand dollars worth of Newport Cigs. The till yield around $1000.
I witnessed a knife when opening my trunk on 3rd street. In those days a rep that loss inventory its assumed he is coked out. Not a good story.
Army taught me well, I took knife away saved my truck received a lecture from Dan my regional Manager about placing myself in harms way. To me the
lost of wallet and / or boot load of tobacco and / or a full sized leased car by Lorillard was harm's way with their perception and hate to say by
proven true reps steal for coke.
Newports was 38 and when leaving my territory it was 10! Job well done promoting a brand in that area was down to marketing which is why we Reps were
out there in the first place.
I was too white, too straight (SF was changing and promoting those who were not) and a male. You see whilst serving 6 years and I have a very
honourable record. Decorated Promise this is true for saving two lives putting mine at risk. Drove for General Mullins 6th Region Aradcom (Western 7
States Air Defense responsible for) pulled out of ranks because of training prior service and of course decoration helped! The people my level would
interview with were the draft dodgers the university burners of just plain VN protesters, they now are in management. I checked no boxes for a new
job and in fact you could see their twisted face when it came to my service on my CV. You cannot hide 6 year nor was there a space for a draft no of
87 which was bound to be drafted.....
In 1984 I did the best thing I could have done and was very angry about this for 27 years. I left California and those racist sexest and anti
military, New Englanders. LOL all these people loved California during the University years and hated snow so they moved thus the Bay Area had a glut
of over qualified educated people. What chance did I have with a small degree?
Oddly enough had the unemployment office accepted that I was a touch typist as Justin High School in Napa taught us typing in Freshman, Sophomore and
Junior years. I could have been a typist rather than hustled with that cast. I did put those skills in 85 in Devon England. I did very well. Got
into the ground level of KVM by Cybex in Huntsville Al. They were only 8 people and 5 were dreamers. I receive no special favors as a veteran or an
American trying to make a living in England. Gave no tools only wholesale prices. My client list when I retired in 2005 is impressive. I afforded
my ex wife of a house she just sold in 7 days for a Mil purchase when 80,000 seemed like a mil. I walked away with less than I had when leaving the
US Army but I had pride. My ex survived 7 cancer opes and surprised and glad she is still alive to this day.
I am one of the Lucky Veterans.
I did illegal things to get my education. I was not homeless as many of my brothers were on the streets. I found a country that did not show the
same prejudices my country the one I fought for..... I excelled as my fellow Rangers would say of course we were Red Eye Gunners the first 2 - 5 man
teams now Stingers.
I would like to change the name of Veterans day to a new name.
Look the Vietnamese received better support than veterans I can attest to this as fact. They are our friends.
I won't talk about Iraq but rather our second and worse surrender, the Afghanistan war! Leaving US Marines 13 of them in harm's way and the Potus
kept watch in wrist watch as seen by the parents of the murdered soldiers (sorry, Marines I trained with them in advanced training.) who were shocked
by the Potus actions 5 times he checked his wrist watch. Then in conversations with parents wanted to talk about his loss of his son... not