From the desert sands of the west, to the dusky mires of the east, Marines and service members everywhere feel the presence of the great Green Weenie. The Eye is always watching… Waiting… None can escape its wrath… Its terror… Its malice.
Even after your EAS date, the Green Weenie continues to loom its shadowy shaft over your life as you try to claim your VA benefits. Whether its registering for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, or trying to claim a disability with the VA, or even just trying to make an appointment to see a doctor… The Green Weenie will be there.
In all seriousness, the VA (Veteran’s Administration) is notorious for its problems. You know things are pretty bad when veterans are literally lighting themselves on fire outside of a VA clinic. It’s a truly unfortunate reality that every veteran faces when they separate from active duty, as their benefits are locked behind a wall of bureaucracy and convolution that makes many not even want to bother with it. Even something as simple as a suicide hotline is often inept and useless. To make matters worse, people at the top are often too busy jerking off to actually try and change anything.
For what it’s worth, I think myself and most veterans understand that it’s certainly not the fault of the everyday employee at the bottom. This is an ongoing issue that is much larger than that, and needs to be dealt with from the top, with actual legislation and improvements to the VA itself. Unfortunately, Congress would rather make cuts to VA programs that are designed to help veterans, like the Post 9/11 GI Bill, instead of improving it.
You may only be active duty for 4 years, but the Green Weenie will stay with you forever.
On a lighter note, I’m really, tremendously excited to announce that The White Donkey will be available for purchase at MCX and AAFES retail locations across the military! The book is due out on April 19th in hardcover, stay tuned to Terminal Lance for more details about book signings and such!