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    Veteran's Introductions

    Please share a little bit about yourself as a veteran:

    1) In which country's military did you serve?
    2) Which branch/units?
    3) When?
    4) Did you receive your SCI/D while in the military or afterwards?
    5) Anything else you want to share about being a veteran with SCI/D.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Please share a little bit about yourself as a veteran:

    1) In which country's military did you serve?
    2) Which branch/units?
    3) When?
    4) Did you receive your SCI/D while in the military or afterwards?
    5) Anything else you want to share about being a veteran with SCI/D.

    (KLD)
    1. USA
    2. Army, Military Intelligence
    3. 1981 to 1985
    4. Spinal stroke in 1992 non-service connected but covered by military hospitals and Tricare. My husband is a 20 year Army retiree, VN vet.
    5. Some of the best years of my life.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

    Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Please share a little bit about yourself as a veteran:

    1) In which country's military did you serve?
    2) Which branch/units?
    3) When?
    4) Did you receive your SCI/D while in the military or afterwards?
    5) Anything else you want to share about being a veteran with SCI/D.

    (KLD)
    1) Australia

    2) RAAF (various units)

    3) 1990 - 1996

    4) My injury was service related, although at first they tried to get out of it. I was competing on one of my horses in a military equine club.

    5) I have had great assistance through MCRS (division of VA in Australia), they have looked after me really well. (once you learn how to jump through their hoops that is!)

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    1. USA

    2. Air Force, Inertial navigation and radar repair

    3. Vietnam Era till 1973

    4. I was injured two and a half years ago, but have 100% (up from 70%as of last Saturday) service connected disability.

    5. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to serve and learn. It was an experience I would do again if I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annabanana View Post
    1) Australia

    2) RAAF (various units)

    3) 1990 - 1996

    4) My injury was service related, although at first they tried to get out of it. I was competing on one of my horses in a military equine club.

    5) I have had great assistance through MCRS (division of VA in Australia), they have looked after me really well. (once you learn how to jump through their hoops that is!)
    I spent some time at RAAF Amberley during Tandem Thrust 97 joint exercises. One of my best tours. Loved Brisbane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veteran Advisor View Post
    I spent some time at RAAF Amberley during Tandem Thrust 97 joint exercises. One of my best tours. Loved Brisbane.
    Hi VA...hope you were able to get some time off to explore Brisbane and its surrounds. Although if you went in Summer it would of been pretty darn hot there. I spent some time based at 38 SQN (Caribou aircraft), prior to its move to Amberley around 1994.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annabanana View Post
    Hi VA...hope you were able to get some time off to explore Brisbane and its surrounds. Although if you went in Summer it would of been pretty darn hot there. I spent some time based at 38 SQN (Caribou aircraft), prior to its move to Amberley around 1994.
    I met a wonderful girl in Brisbane and spent my liberty hours hopping trains and taxis to go see her the whole time. Yes indeed, it was hot. We were testing Humvees in the outback (this was before the world turned them into gas guzzlers on our highways). I always said that if I ever wanted to leave the U.S. for good, I'd move to Australia.

    This is me holding some kind of animal at RAAF Amberley.



    I took this pic in Brisbane...beautiful city.

    Last edited by Veteran Advisor; 12-08-2008 at 08:43 PM.

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    1. USA

    2. US Army - Air Traffic Controller

    3. 1984-1990

    4. Injured afterwards in 1996.

    5. Influenced my life big time, met people from all over the US and Europe....including my wife who is German. Glad the

    Soviets didn´t act up back in 1989! Currently my wife and I run a physical therapy practice specializing in neuro-rehabilitation near the US Army garrison at Grafenwöhr. It runs under the

    German healthcare system, but is also Tricare and International SOS qualified.
    Last edited by Mike C; 11-26-2008 at 08:28 AM.
    "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Please share a little bit about yourself as a veteran:

    1) In which country's military did you serve?
    2) Which branch/units?
    3) When?
    4) Did you receive your SCI/D while in the military or afterwards?
    5) Anything else you want to share about being a veteran with SCI/D.

    (KLD)
    1) United States
    2) Army/Engineer turned Ordnance Corps/63H20 Track Vehicle Mechanic/several units and duty stations incl Germany 77-80 and Korea 88-89
    3) 1977-90
    4) Service-connected/hurt on duty
    5) Being a veteran with a somewhat complicated SCI has been a challenge; getting hurt and being under the care of the VA the rest of my life was my BIGGEST fear when I joined (VA in the 70s = not a good rep). I've seen the VA go through BIG changes over the years.
    Serving was THE best experience of my life... regret not making it to the front lines.
    Last edited by quadvet; 11-27-2008 at 10:34 PM.

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    1) USA
    2) Navy, Submarine SONARman, ship's diver, USS Olympia (SSN-717)
    3) '98 - '02
    4) Non-service connected injury
    5) Definitely a good time, but not what I wanted to do with my life.

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