There is a long list of things that make me mad an very near the top is having my honesty questioned. I don't lie except when I'm ask "doe's this dress make my butt look big?" and similar questions. I don't consider that lying , it is more like "diplomacy".
There are people out there in cyberspace who wish to discredit my military service , who are making accusations that my status as a disabled veteran is false. I assure you the pain is real, the scars are real, the pills are real, the leg brace is real and so is the mobility scooter the VA prescribed for me..
Some of you who have read my blog for a long time have heard me say I was NOT a hero! I got hurt (pretty bad) doing my job. I wasn't being particularly brave at the time. But the pain was real and affected the way I have lived the rest of my life.
I wasn't hurt in Vietnam. I was exposed to Agent Orange ironically in Arizona at Luke AFB working on some Fairchild C-123's. That was in 1973-74 as I recall. I have never filed a claim for that as I feel my exposure was minimal. My back injury also happened stateside. I fought my war with a tool bag and a multi-meter. I was an aircraft. electrician. AFSC 42370. I did qualify with an M-16 in 1970. Last time I ever handled one.
I was overseas part of my 4 years of active duty. I was in Germany! Ramstein AB.
I don't lie. I was not a "Rambo" and never have claimed to be. I receive service connected compensation for my service connected disabilities. This is way more information than I should have to provide to be treated with a little common courtesy and respect but there are those who want to tarnish my character with false accusations.
I worked for over 20 years as a civilian before my disabilities got the best of me and forced my retirement.
Why does any of this matter you might ask? My father was a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War 2 , worked on radios, was stationed in the CBI theater of operations. I wanted to be just like him and follow in his footsteps. He died before I made staff sergeant but I did what I set out to do. It is special to me. To have people I don't know, who don't know me accuse me of stolen valor makes my blood pressure climb to dangerous levels!
I am proud of my military service and no one is going to take that pride from me.
I will not speak of this again.