While my military career was full of awesome and horrible experiences, it is a chapter for another day.
I can say when I was about to depart the military, I was faced with a very difficult decision.
Do I re-enlist? I now had the structure I so longed for, and the idea of having to adapt back in the civilian world terrified me.
My choices were short lived because of an injury while serving in Fort Stewart, GA. I was now faced the fact that I was about to leave the military and there was nothing I could do about it.
I now know why homelessness is a huge issue for returning veterans. There is a gap of time between your discharge and being able to receive your benefits.
If it were not for my family, who knows what would have happened. I moved back in my father and tried to decide what to do next.
I was trained to be a mechanic and my previous encounter with school was not as successful as I had hoped. From June until August I spent my days watching TV, visiting family I had not seen for several years and wasting as much time as I could.
Now when I enlisted rather than take a bonus, I opted for a college fund.
To this day I do not know why, but it turned out being the best decision.
I was bored.
I was tired.
What to do?
I know... College!