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2020/04/01 07:10:53 (permalink)
I just came back from a 3 week trip to Iraq & survived a 30 rocket barrage, developed PTSD of loud noises (which thankfully I haven't heard any recently).  The purpose of this trip was to check out a unit that we will be replacing in the near future.  Now I come home to something between the walking dead and The Stand.   I am self-quarantineing in my RV in the storage lot that its parked cause my wife doesnt want me coming home (and I really dont blame her either - we have 2 tweens).  
 
So yea... March has been a wild month for me.  Now I sit in my RV "teleworking" - which means answering emails balancing the use of fossil fuels between keeping warm and not having to go out into the general populace and risk exposure, while rationing my food.
 
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 07:30:49 (permalink)
    I hope she'll let you back home in two weeks!

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 07:37:25 (permalink)
    Dang, I'm surprised the base did not have specific quarantine quarters

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 08:41:06 (permalink)
    Sounds like you jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire nateman.
    Breaking out that awesome telescope might bring some normal back during these times of crisis.

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 09:06:34 (permalink)
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    Sounds like you jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire nateman.
    Breaking out that awesome telescope might bring some normal back during these times of crisis.


    Oh I will be setting it up tonight.  Its my happy place.  I plan to bring it overseas.  
    and yea... I am absolutely retiring after this deployment.  I will have close to 25 years in.
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 09:25:25 (permalink)
    Nate,
     
    prepare yourself mentally for them to not let you retire.  They are already trying to pull folks in that are already retired. It going to be in interesting next couple of years for sure.
     
    Also, don't mess with the PTSD stuff.  You can get telecare with the Wizards online from your RV.


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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 10:44:19 (permalink)
    https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/TelementalHealth
     
    Its a great program.  They got me some meds to help me sleep and get over that post deployment hump. nice providers that understand the battlefield exposure as well. 


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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 10:52:51 (permalink)
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    Nate,
     
    prepare yourself mentally for them to not let you retire.  They are already trying to pull folks in that are already retired. It going to be in interesting next couple of years for sure.
     
    Also, don't mess with the PTSD stuff.  You can get telecare with the Wizards online from your RV.


    I honestly used to think PTSD was a joke.  But after talking to so many other people on that particular FOB who went through the same attack, its pretty understandable.  No more slamming doors, dropping kevlars or body armor on the floor.  
     
    Like hell they wont let me retire.  I will have had 25 years in and two tours by then.  I have done my time.  
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 11:33:01 (permalink)
    Chaos_21
    Sounds like you jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire nateman.
    Breaking out that awesome telescope might bring some normal back during these times of crisis.


    Glad you're back nate, Chaos beat me to obvious medicine for you. Get into that happy place asap.


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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 19:08:29 (permalink)
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 22:02:46 (permalink)
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    Sounds like you jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire nateman.
    Breaking out that awesome telescope might bring some normal back during these times of crisis.

     
    Glad you're back nate, Chaos beat me to obvious medicine for you. Get into that happy place asap.


    +1    Been awhile, welcome back. Glad you have the telescope to pass time, and the enjoyment.  
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/01 23:17:44 (permalink)
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    Sounds like you jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire nateman.
    Breaking out that awesome telescope might bring some normal back during these times of crisis.


    Oh I will be setting it up tonight.  Its my happy place.  I plan to bring it overseas.  
    and yea... I am absolutely retiring after this deployment.  I will have close to 25 years in.


    I retired from the USAF after 20 years back in 1997. You've done your time so it is 'your' time to retire and find a civilian job so you can collect two incomes. By the way if you have had any surgeries or physical damage to your body apply for a disability. I have a 10 percent disability and that amount is not taxed. 

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/04 12:23:16 (permalink)
    Thank you for everything you've done! It must suck to come home and quarantine, but that shows just how strong and smart you are.
     
    As someone with (non-military related) PTSD and studying in the field of psychology, please attempt to address it as soon as you can with the right person/people.


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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/04 13:28:32 (permalink)
    I believe 25 years is about 60-70 percent pension for the military. That should do nicely when you retire. 

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/04 13:52:30 (permalink)
    Nateman: Thank you for your service!
     
    You probably already know this, but ... 
    Recommend you get a full pre-retirement checkup from the military side before you leave the service ... and get a complete copy of your medical records. I sat down with my VA rep before I retired in 2011, and got the disability process going.
     
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/05 07:02:49 (permalink)
    Hope the PTSD passes and retirement is an easy process.... plenty of space for you and your wife/telescope in Oz, lots of places without city lights to blight the sky
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/05 07:44:16 (permalink)
    It seems to have calmed down a lot, but I haven't heard any loud noises.  The world is much quieter.  
    Thank you all for the well wishes!  
     
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/05 17:02:07 (permalink)
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    It seems to have calmed down a lot, but I haven't heard any loud noises.  The world is much quieter.  
    Thank you all for the well wishes!  
     
    Trust me... I have been taking notes with regards to the VA claims at the end.  

    Long Time no hear. Im glad you are ok and everything is well. A bit of isolation does not hurt😼
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/05 21:55:44 (permalink)
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    I believe 25 years is about 60-70 percent pension for the military. That should do nicely when you retire. 


    wow 22 years over in the UK you get the full pension

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/06 07:21:29 (permalink)
     
    Trying to put a positive spin on it: with everyone on lock down, noise is at a minimum, so that's good for you. It's quite surreal here in NYC, I'm so used to the 24/7 constant hum of the city and the blaring of car horns and sirens and people yelling (and the occasional gun shot), yet now I can sit here with my window open and hear nothing but a slight breeze.. love it!
     
    Thank you for your service - 25 years is a huge achievement. My dad retired after 25 years service as well - USN aviator - LCDR.
     

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/06 07:29:52 (permalink)
    Aww man, I could have thrown a stick at you.. it wouldn’t have hit, but you weren’t far away from where I am now.

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/06 14:51:59 (permalink)
    Sticks and stones man.  Where were you? 
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/07 01:27:36 (permalink)
    @nateman_doo
    Thank you for your service and welcome home! hope you get back into the house soon!

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/07 09:15:25 (permalink)
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    Sticks and stones man.  Where were you? 


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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/07 22:06:31 (permalink)
    Welcome back Nate, hope it all works out well for you. 
    Good luck. and thank you...

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/29 23:42:23 (permalink)
    Hiya Nate !
    Hope your all good now !

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/30 04:56:45 (permalink)
    NAAATTTEEEMMAANNNNN!!! We missed ya buddy. I hope your not an officer/drawing retirement from the military Nate or you are so screwed.... they can call you back anytime if a officer and if your pulling retirement pay its the same and they will threaten to take your pay and WILL. Although, with the current climate i dont think thats going to be much of a problem in the future...unless you end up a tunnel rat.  So sorry to hear about your picking up that little ptsd consolation gift, but as always WE ALL appreciate you putting your ass out there for the rest of us. In fact, a hearty THANK YOU to ALL our actually lengthy roster of vets here in the forums. You guys all rock as Patriots, family men and great long time forum members. \m/ SALUTE \m/

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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/30 08:43:48 (permalink)
    Sadly yes, I am an O.  (but I have 10 years enlisted... so dont begrudge me yet :)  
    I am too old to be a tunnel rat thankfully, but man retirement can't come quick enough.  Then that sweet sweet VA claim...
     
    So I have around 40 some-odd days until I Mob.  Going to get a gaming laptop to bring with.  I would say "spare no expense" gaming laptop... but I am married with kids, so I would like to keep the budget around 1500-1700 give or take.  Any recommendations?  
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/30 10:44:00 (permalink)
    If you can resign your military officer commission .... they can't grab you without first having Congress Declare War
     
    and the last time Congress did that .... ???? 
     
     
     
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    Re: I'm bored. Here is an update on life... 2020/04/30 12:03:34 (permalink)
    Any new UFOs pics you have for us Nate?👀

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