[e-mail address omitted]
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 1:43 PM
Subject: I got kicked out of the Military because I didn't go to IRAQ.
I was given orders in December of 2003 for 1 to 2 years in Iraq. I was a Naval Reservist stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Sacramento Reserve Center. I was a Supply Clerk with a SSB1 Fuels Unit Co E.
I was active duty in the Navy at one time and joined the reserves in 2002, later in my life.
At first when I was given the orders for Iraq I was really excited to be part of this, that's why I am involved in the Military, to serve my country.
As the days got closer to get ready to ship out, the more I didn't want to go. I had to put my civilian life on hold, lose everything I had and either sell it or put it in storage. I was starting to get depressed and all I wanted to do was sleep all the time and not wake up. I was missing work, I was getting migraine headaches on a daily bases, I was over-eating, and I was self medicating at home, drinking.
So I went to my doctor and told them how I was feeling and I just broke down in front of her. There were a few other things that were told, that were bothering me. She recommended that I go and see a counselor and she gave me some Zoloft and wrote me a letter of recommendation of why I shouldn't be deployed, for my safety and the safety of others.
I turned that letter in, I was told that I had to turn in all of my medical records to the military so they could determine if I was really depressed or not. I told them I just went and this letter is all I had and I hadn't started with my counselor yet. This was like a week before deployment. They were acting like I have had a lifetime of counseling and they wanted it all. I told them I didn't have it, and it was none of their business what I had in civilian medical records.
They (and E-6, which I at the time was E-5) demanded I go and see a psychiatrist. I told them I didn't have the money to go to one before I was to deploy in a week. I said you guys need to provide one if you want the information. They said NO. I missed drills in January, then I went in February, and they kicked me out for not complying with the rules. It's unbelievable what they do.
Actually the other people that stayed behind told me that this is voluntary, and they didn't volunteer to go. One girl in my unit, she had less than a year left of duty and she didn't want to re-up for the war, so they tried to kick her out early, and not let her finish her time.
It's amazing that in the Land of Free, people playing sports for a living are making millions of dollars and the people fighting and dying to protect this the Land of Free are getting paid so little with little benefits.
I have never been a registered voter in my life, but your film has inspired me to register now and vote.
Is there anything we can do to get Bush punished for what he has done? They dealt with Watergate, Whitewater, Monica--my god this is way worse than our president getting a blow job.
SK2, Fuel Unit
November 9th, 2013
Click here for this week's full schedule for the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. The day has arrived. For ...
September 10th, 2013
[View the story "John Kerry's Accidental Diplomacy" on Storify]
July 30th, 2013
Today Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. ...
June 5th, 2013
This past week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the main federation of Hollywood's six major studios, posted on their web site a list of what they believe ...
March 23rd, 2013
This evening is going be a big moment in turning our country around on the issue of gun violence. That's why I desperately want you ...
March 21st, 2013
I am hosting a nationwide series of house parties this Saturday night where tens of thousands of people will gather together in living rooms to ...
March 15th, 2013
The response to my Newtown letter this week has been overwhelming. It is so very clear to everyone that the majority of Americans have had ...
September 11th, 2010
OpenMike 9/11/10 Michael Moore's daily blog I am opposed to the building of the "mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on ...
December 14th, 2010
Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that ...
May 12th, 2011
"The Nazis killed tens of MILLIONS. They got a trial. Why? Because we're not like them. We're Americans. We roll different." – Michael Moore in ...
November 22nd, 2011
This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and ...
September 22nd, 2011
I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, to never do business in Georgia. I will ask ...
December 16th, 2010
Dear Swedish Government: Hi there -- or as you all say, Hallå! You know, all of us here in the U.S. love your country. Your ...
November 2nd, 2010
This letter contains (almost) no criticisms of how the Democrats have brought this day of reckoning upon themselves. That -- and where to go from ...