Monday, August 31, 2009

More Hawaii Fishing Pics!

A couple of weekends ago Garret and Company went on one of their Kaneohe Bay fishing trips! Here are the pictures of that adventure!  Garret’s friend, AJ, caught a stingray!  Fun times!

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AJ & the Stingray 2

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Update: Our Status in the Army

Ok, so I haven’t written in a while about what’s going on with Garret and the Army situation.   So here’s the Reader’s Digest condensed version (notice it’s still forever long! Imagine what the real version is like!).Frustrated Smiley Clip ARt

We had really wanted to get Garret into the Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB) so he could solely focus on getting better, have a primary care manager, and a little guidance through the maze that is the Army.  Long story short that isn’t going to happen.  Why? Two reasons.  The first is that the packet of paperwork we turned in two and a half months ago to his company to fill out their portion and then submit it to Tripler, is now lost.  That’s right no one knows where it is.  Although, Garret and I, and a few of the other SGT’s in his company believe that it is still in his Platoon SGT’s car who is gone to the NTC right now and won’t be back until next week.  The second reason is that one of the requirements to get into the WTB is that you have to need six months of complex medical care.  Two and half months ago he needed that much care, now he doesn’t because he’s already two and a half months into his treatment, and therefore would not meet the necessary and mandatory requirement. 

So, what are our options now?  That’s a good question, and if someone figures it out, would you be so kind as to let me know!!!!  One of the most frustrating things about the Army is that if you ask 3 different people a question, you will get 3 different answers!  Too bad in our case it’s been more like talk to 20 different people who have power and authority and are supposed to know what the hell they’re talking about, and get 20 varying, some even ridiculous, stories/answers!  How can anyone accomplish anything with this sort of behavior?  Seriously, I don’t know how the military functions (at a worldwide level) with so many people like this in it!

We realized a long time ago that his Chain of Command would be absolutely zero help and essentially worthless to us in our quest to find a solution.  This realization has been confirmed time and time again, just like it was yesterday when we found out the WTB packet was lost.  It’s really rather pathetic actually.  As an NCO you’re whole focus is on the mission and the welfare of the soldiers beneath you.  Well quite obviously, in our case, they failed miserably on maintaining and aiding in the welfare of this soldier, and if that’s true then their mission cannot succeed either.  Don’t you feel better knowing that the security of the country lies in the hands of people like this?

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To be fair, not all of the Army is like this.  There are some truly amazing people and leaders within the Army community.  Unfortunately for us, they’re just not part of our unit.

Then yesterday we get a call saying he had to be back at Tripler today to talk about his med board.  WTF?  Are you kidding me?  You mean the one that was started and then abruptly stopped because the profile that initiated it wasn’t even approved?  But, when the Army calls you have to go and so he did.  The outcome for today was once again to toss it out, this time supposedly officially, unlike last time apparently. 

The NCO handling Garret’s case today (another completely new person, might I add) also said that if he was put in for another med board anytime in the near future, he would most likely be honorably discharged due to medical reasons.  This is the last thing we want.  Especially since Garret is finally getting better.  Very, very slowly, but getting better none the less, and that’s all that matters!  Even though he may not be able to do all of the physical aspects of a mechanic he would be able to do so many other jobs in the Army.  Ultimately  that would be our goal, for him to get well enough that he might be able to do a ruck march and qualifying (both include carrying or having on you very heavy items) so that he can get a P2 Profile instead of a permanent one and re-class to a different MOS (job).  So we’re trying to bide time and make that happen, all the while trying very hard to avoid being sent up for another med board, because this time it would most certainly be the end of Army life for us.  There are some other rather remote options, that probably wouldn’t work anyway, but we' re keeping them on the back burner just in case, because really you never know what’s going to happen.

In a nutshell we have absolutely no idea what is going on, what’s going to happen and when it  will happen.  For that matter we don’t have a clue as to how to make it better either!  So, in the meantime, we’re just taking it one day a time, focusing on the good like Hawaii, our Couple with Ocean Sunsetfriends, and each other.  Resting on the fact that was is meant to be will be, and it will be for the best.  I may not have any faith in the Army, but I do have faith in the Universe and in God’s plan for us, and I will trust in that whole heartedly.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Early Bird Gets the Worm and the Fish!

Last weekend Garret got up @ 3:30 in the morning to go fishing with his friend Carbone.  Considering this plan was formed after 11:00 the night before, I thought he had completely lost his mind and was sure he wouldn’t actually succeed in waking up at the designated hour.  I was even more sure that Carbone wouldn’t be at our house to pick him up at 4:00 like they had planned.  Carbone’s a good guy, but he’s not the most reliable tool in the shed.  I was wrong (not about Carbone being a good guy, but about them not being able to successfully wake up before dawn on a Saturday morning) who knew fish were so motivating?  This information could prove quite useful later!  :)

Here are the pictures that were taken in the early hours of the morning at the Kaneohe Marine Corp. Pier where they found themselves shortly after 4:30 AM.  I know I’m biased, but my hubby is developing quite the eye for picture taking!

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Glmy Mt Side

Green Mt Side

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They didn’t catch a whole lot of fish, but they made up for it in some great shots of Hawaii at it’s finest.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Latest Fishing Trip

Garret’s been fishing with his friends a few times over the last few weeks.  It’s one activity he can do considering it’s not very physically demanding.  Although there can be and have been times when he’s not even up for this, as of late he’s been feeling a tiny bit better (and we will happily take any improvement) and celebrating it by getting out of the house and throwing a line in with his buddies!

Here are a few pictures of his last fishing trip at Kaneohe Bay.  Unfortunately he’s not in any of them because he was the designated photographer that day, but still he wanted to share them just the same.

TJ with his first White Belly Jack

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AJ’s Mom, AJ, and his wife Karis

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While TJ sits and waits for a bite, Carbone is in the background catching bait fish

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AJ’s Dad catches a Puffer Fish

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Everyone gathers around the Puffer AJ’s Dad caught

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Close up of the Puffer Fish (Icky, but aren’t all fish really)

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TJ with his first Hammer Head Shark

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They always catch crabs!

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Garret always invites me to go, but lately I’ve said no each time because the thought of being away from my laptop for that long of a period of time gives me separation anxiety.  We’re complete opposites, but what can I say, it totally works!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Check it Out: Tribute to the Military Family Video

I saw this video in one of my AFTB instructor classes and there wasn't a dry eye in the room.

I am proud to be the wife of an Army Soldier.

Check it Out: Military Tribute Video

 

 

I found this this video on YouTube and I was moved to tears.  I just wanted to say to ALL the Soldiers out there, thank you.  Whether you've deployed or not, you made a huge sacrifice to protect me and my freedom, and I cannot express how grateful I am for men and women like you.  To the wives and families of Soldiers, thank you for all that you endure in the name of freedom.

Angela - The proud wife of an Army Soldier