Monday, April 18, 2011
Welcome to a new blog about veteran's benefits, support, and advice.
I am not an outsider to these issues presented on this blog. I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (orahh!) and I served in Operation Enduring Freedom. I've traveled all over the Pacific Rim and the Middle East serving the security goals of the country I love. My job code was 0351. I specialized in assault rocketry and demolitions. My unit was helicopter bourne, attached to an amphibious ready group and marine expeditionary. I sustained injuries in the field and have received a disability rating for these injuries. I was likely one of the first Operation Enduring Freedom veterans to enter the VA system in 2002.
When I first started attending appointments at my Veteran's Hospital in California, I was known as a "youngblood." I recall looking around and noticing that I was always the youngest veteran at the hospital. I was surrounded by peers from wars stretching back to World War II. This slowly changed as I started seeing more troops come into the VA system. It is my hope to impart some of the knowledge that I have acquired with my experiences to these younger vets. This blog is not exclusive to recent veterans. I would appreciate any guidance that the older veterans can offer to us "young bloods."
Thank you for visiting my blog. Let us leave no man behind.
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