I’m thinking this morning about how I retired. When I was ending my last month or so of Civil Service, I was asked did I want some sort of ceremony, audience with the CO or a dinner with the department. Well, I said no to all because I am not a ceremonious sort, nor have I ever really met the CO. If he were a friend of sorts or even worked closely with on a regular basis maybe, but no. Dinner with the department? I hardly knew two people in all of Security. My office was apart of theirs. I knew them in face and some, name only. Why would I want to attend a dinner for me and I not know anyone?
All I asked for was a flag that had been flown over the command. I was told I could not do that because I wasn’t military. I’m thinking, well I was and I am a Veteran of the Vietnam Era, so why not? I was refused and to this date I have nothing other than a boiler plate letter congratulating me for my 28 years of Civil Service. That and a five month wait to see my first retirement check after having spent most all my savings to live until that happened.
Now I have bills that I was going to pay with that and I don’t have any of it. Now I catch what I can running cars. Now I’m taking a class to be certified to substitute teach hoping to make up the difference in what I owe and what I need to buy groceries. Seems that is life, so I deal with it and go on.
Thank you for your service–both in the military and serving those who are or were. Yours has been a consequential life of service, my friend. I’m sorry that the transition has been bumpy, with the checks taking forever to start hitting the bank. Hoping that they at least get you up to date with a BIG first check. Meanwhile, looks like a LOT of things are going RIGHT in your liofe. As for that new spiritual perspective, I’d bet taking another look at some of the old perspective will renew much of your spirit.
So glad to have you as a Facebook friend.
God bless you and yours..