Changing perspective can result in pleasant surprises

By Chap. (Capt.) JONATHAN AVERILL

FORT POLK, La. — I’ll admit that when I got my orders for Fort Polk I was not thrilled. However, after being in the Army for more than years I realize that every base has its good points and bad points; often all you need to do is to look for positives in a PCS and usually they are easy to find.

I am reminded of a story I was told by a veteran from the Vietnam era named Don. Don, like many in the late 1960s, chose to volunteer for the Army after graduating from college rather than being drafted. Shortly after joining the Army he had a training accident, in which he severely injured his back and subsequently suffered blackouts. Because of these injuries, he was shuffled off to a desk job as a casualty clerk handling death notifications coming out of Vietnam.

 

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