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Greetings to all of my brothers and sisters in the wonderful world of veterans. I have been a member on here for awhile but, would only coming in to see how things would work and gathering information. A little bit about myself first. As you can tell perhaps by my screen name, I was a Sergeant of the Marine Corps. I'm currently 35 yrs old with one 10 month old son who is my world, from South Georgia and live in Atlanta, Georgia. I was enlisted from Jun 97-Dec 04. I have served with some of the most elite and skillful people I can go on and on about. I have a good number of deployments and a few operations under my career belt and wouldn't change any of it for nothing if I had to re do it all. My great career started as a 0121-Personnel Clerk and as I moved through the ranks, I departed as a Personnel Chief. I had 2 tours of Iraq where I took on tasks of being the Administrative Sergeant and acting Career Planner duties and one tour with a Security Detachment. I experienced one death and a few injuries but, for the most part I would say it was great deployments. I will be posting more as my questions arise. Life is really starting to take its toll and things are resurfacing on me but, I know with good people and especially those alike me that have already been through it i should be fine.

Thanks in Advance,


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I thought I had posted one already but, oh well.

Hello and Seasons greetings to all of my fellow veterans. Finally posting my introduction but, I have been a member for awhile. I used to just look and read on certain topics. A little about myself and if there is anything you would like to know don't be afraid to ask. I'm a former Sergeant of the Marine Corps from Jun 97-Dec 04. I had a wonderful career if you ask me., I meet some of my best friends to this day and learned alot from the older Marines that showed me true values and etc. I could really go on but its not much time for that. I'm currently 35 and turning 36 yrs old in Feb. I have a wife who is currently being ran away by PTSD but, again another story. I have a wonderful 10 month old son, the reason for me still being here!! I had the opportunity to have a great career if you ask me and wouldn't trade any of it if I had to re do it all over.

Career Notes:

8 years of service

0121-Personnel Clerk by MOS school

Ended service as Personnel Chief

Hosts of deployments (Okinawa, Thailand, West PACs)

Overseas tours (Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq (2)

Various awards and medals (NAMs, Cert Coms, Expeditonary, etc)

Thanks in Advance and I look forward to having more forum posts.


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Semper Fi: From a class of 68 L/Cpl Nam Vet, you qualify as a semi-LIFER. I won't hold that against you, my older cousin did the full ride and retired as a MGunnySgt. Now that's a real lifer. I enlisted in 67 while in 2nd yr at a local comm college, on a 2 yr straight to Nam program, did 20 months. I was already short while standing in the Yellow Foot Prints @ MCRD San Diego.

Joking aside, for my own information, how educated regarding the VA were you at discharge? My Nam Vet friends all agree, we knew absolutely nothing regarding the VA and any type of SC Benefits available until much later in life. Have to thank Al Gore for inventing the Internet with the access to all the available information it has provided.

Glad you made it home with no or a few dents and dings.

Semper Fi


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Thanks Notorious Kelly from the welcome.

Thanks to you as well Gastone. I would have finished out but, when you are the only Sergeant that is going out on deployments it can burn you out fast. There was a little information but not a lot when I discharged. The focus was on keeping staff for the war on terrorism.

Semper Fi


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