Well, Veteran's day 2011 is coming up quickly, and as every good sailor is looking for a good deal, I'm providing a link to the "Veteran's Day Specials" available this Friday. The Military Wallet has a pretty comprehensive guide, including a few regional offers which might be good this year (you'll have to check). So best of luck, and enjoy a quiet Veteran's day!
Appears that three boats (the Georgia, the Providence, and the Scranton), and were involved with operation Odyssey Dawn this weekend, providing a few presents to Gadaffi. Best of luck to the guys underway, may they get back safely - for more updates on the operation, please visit the apex of sub blogs, the Stupid Shall Be Punished, which is here: http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/
A quick thanks to all the service members who sacrificed for their country. Now that I'm a veteran (not just a "civilian"), I truly realize the toughness that the average veteran has over the average civilian, as what happened a few days ago...
I was eating lunch, when a fellow worker (non-vet) sat down with our group and began grousing about having to work an extra hour that day, because he was "tired", and wanted to go home. I commented that the bosses needed an extra hour of work, but he continued to whine. A very prim and proper former Air Force gal, said "It's ok, hon... here, I have something for you, in case you need it", and then promptly offered him a tampon. As I was cleaning up the bit of soda I spilled while I was laughing, she retorted as he walked away, "Well, at least I offered!"
A quick note to my buddy JH, who'll be retiring soon from the canoe club...
(Some of this is a re-has of the previous entry, but its worth repeating!)
1) Make two copy of all your medical records - one you'll submit to the VA, the other you'll keep in a safe place.
2) Review your medical records to make sure everything you have had an issue with is listed in your medical records. If it isn't there, it didn't happen.
3) When you go for your separation physical, don't let the examiner hurry you. Make him/her take their time and list as much as possible on your separation exam.
4) Make a "trial" version of your DD-214. Print out a blank form from the internet, and fill it out to the best of your knowledge. That way, when you are rushing around to get out, you'll be able to spot any mistakes the person who is writing this paper that'll follow you for the rest of your life will make (and have them fix on the spot as well).
5) Get a Power of Attorney (a Veterans Service Organization) prior to sending in your VA Form 21-526. They are free and a few are listed on this sidebar. They are ex-vets, and will help you out with any questions you have about dealing with the VA or other "out of the service" things.
6) Keep you DD-214 to yourself. Only send out copies if you must - identity theft is rampant nowadays. If an employer *must* have a copy, send them a *copy*, not the original.
That's about it for now - looking forward to talking to ya!