Hello AoM,

My name is Kidd.(yes its my real name),

I recently ended my 5 years of active service in the U.S. NAVY.

Befor getting out all i could think about was getting home. Now that I am here things arent the same. I feel like every one and every thing here has changed so much. I am haveing a very hard time adjusting back to my "small town" life. I was wondering if there were any "VETS" out there if any one of you, could help me with this.

I understand this is not written with the best use of English grammer, punctuation, and spelling. hopefully you will look past this and offer any advice and help.

Thank you all so much,

Kidd.

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^ This

I found when I went home, everyone was pretty much doing the same shit they'd always done; smoking up and playing video games.  How are things different for you?

Thank you all,

Shane, its hard to explaine, i cant really pin point any thing in gereral, how ever i do know that I feel like an out cast. i find my self being "annoyed" for lack of a better term, at how things here are. It's almost like no one has any accountabilaty every one is just pushing the blame on to others( at work), I find around my family I feel like i dont belong there, when we have get togethers I find my self standing on the outside of the inner happanings of whats going on...( like i said its hard forme to explaine it)....

Rick, thats a very good way of looking at it. I did have to move back in with my folks for a wile, my wife left me 3 days after my return i had no leg to stand on pretty much, I am how ever lookin g at apratments now, and should be ready to move in to one with in the next month or 2.(I hate liveing at home lol.) and I am learning how to interact with whats friends i have left here, they just dont seem to get me any more.

Thank you all again, I am glad to know there are still people out there willing to give advice when asked for it.

It might be time to live your own life, and not try to fit into someone elses definition of what life should be.

i was a flight deck guy. i never thought about ptsd, i assumed it was only combat related

started out as a blue shirt, then worked my way over to red(Crash and salvage) wile i was there i also got the quals for my yellow and my quals to launch the AV8-B. I understand that your not diagnosing me, but what you saying is makeing a lot of sense, I have felt the need to "live on the edge" a lil more than my "normal self" sense returning home. I havent become violent towards any one.

Five years is a long time in a mans life not to mention the fact that military service is a major life event. It leaves its mark, one way or another, on everyone who has experienced it. Even the wash-outs!  And it is permanent. I've been out about 25 years and I still can't stand to wear an athletic or soft soled shoe for every day wear. They just drive me nuts! I buy and wear work work boots. Little quirks like that stick with you.

If you are like most vets I know, you are a better man coming out than you were going in. As much as the military gets ribbed for being ridiculous, military intelligence is a contradiction  and such, it is in truth damned efficient. Much more so than most the civilian institutions I've come across. You probably are more efficient and goal oriented too. So, set new goals, go out, kick ass, and accomplish them. That's what helped me "adjust."

i havent heard gig line in years, now that we switched over to wearing cammies, but when i came in we were rocking the utliaties.

o wow that is really takeing it back old school lol

Lol thats very True, you could have had to put them on there with a paint pen.

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