- December 28th, 2008
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I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas, and has an excellent New Year’s Eve when it comes around.
2008 will probably always be the year in which I went through the greatest number of changes, I’m almost hopeful that such is the case. Change should certainly be the word of the year, so I’m a little disgusted by using it here to describe my own year but I think I’ll survive. To ring in 2008, I believe there was some artillery fire. I was nearing the end of my second tour in Iraq, as well as the end of my involuntarily extended time on active duty. Come the end of April I moved out of a tent in the middle-of-nowhere Iraq to a familiar barracks back in Ft. Benning, GA. Some five or six weeks later, my truck was loaded up for another move, this time to San Marcos, TX. At the same time, I transitioned from being an active duty soldier, to a member of the Texas Army National Guard, as well as a college student.
Everything went fairly smoothly, there were some hitches with the Army, and there have been some hitches with the National Guard. Neither seem to be able to pay people on time, but that is unsurprising after five years of active duty service. I ended my first semester at Texas State University with a 4.0 GPA, and also passed the GSP to earn myself full-major status with the Mass Communications department. All in all, 2008 was a good year for me. Sure, there was a lot of stress, but that’s life.
I’m looking forward to 2009. I’ll start the year with a perfect GPA, and intend to keep it that way. In October, I will complete my Military Service Obligation, and be a civilian for good. The VA will decide on my disability rating, and in August the new GI Bill will make my life a little easier. It should be a good year.