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130. Your Country Thanks You
Jordan Wolf signed up for the Army as
as he graduated from high school. After Jordan
various aptitude tests, the recruiter said that Jordan
high in electronics. He would receive a stateside
in a computer lab, where he would learn
program software and repair electronic hardware. Also, Jordan
receive a $10,000 cash bonus.
He attended eight
of basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. While
training, he talked to his new buddies about
he was going to be in a computer
stateside after basic training. His buddies were amazed,
all of them were going straight to Iraq.
all graduated from basic training on a Friday
spent the weekend getting drunk in nearby Columbus.
Monday morning, the drill sergeant told all of
that their next duty station was Iraq. Jordan
the drill sergeant that there must have been
mistake. “The Army doesn’t make mistakes, soldier!” the
sergeant barked at him. “Now pack your gear.
’ll be in Baghdad in two days.”
to his congressman and senators while he was
Iraq. He couldn’t believe that the recruiter had
to him like that. Meanwhile, for almost 18
he went out on daily missions looking for
bad guys. One day, his vehicle got blown
by a handmade bomb. He got shrapnel in
left eye and was permanently blinded. The Army
him a glass eye, declared him unfit for
, and discharged him.
After enrolling at Troy University,
got a letter from the Pentagon. Maybe it's
commendation, he thought as he opened the letter.
he hadn’t completed his three-year commitment to the
, the letter said, he must return all of
cash bonus, plus interest.