Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Wow. It's all come down to this.
In one week our lives will change forever. In one week Josh will be out of the army.
And yet here we are 1 week before retirement STILL fighting the army! Nothing can ever be easy!
They messed up his orders and forgot to include terminal leave... BIG uh-oh!
When you get out of the army (ETS or medical retirement/discharge basically anyway except chapter or dishonorable) you have 2 options: take what's called "terminal leave" where you use up all your left over leave days and are just on leave til your ETS date being paid full pay and BAH like any other time your on leave or you can sell back your leave time but you only get base pay and it's taxed to shit.
If you ask me anyone who sells back their leave is an idiot.
For us it's the difference of $4500 right off the bat by losing BAH and then whatever they tax! No way! Josh has earned that money!!
So for the past month or so Josh has been working to have his orders amended so we get his terminal leave... Here's to hoping it works!
Once he's out of the army I'm not sure what's going to happen it's a whole new world and that's both exciting and terrifying... We've both only know military life... I don't know what it means to be able to live wherever you want or go on vacation wherever you want or anything...
We know he is going to go to college and he picked political science as his major.. He's hoping to go to law school and become a politician to help other vets.
The army says PTSD is accepted and they don't judge and won't punish but that's an out and out lie as we've seen!
Right now I'm working really hard to our VFW's gala for cancer research... Last year we made $19K and were hoping to beat that this year!!!!
Josh and I are also hoping to go on vacation to Europe once we know everything with the VA is settled. I can't help but be so scared that something awful is gonna happen with the VA... I've heard so many horror stories about people not being paid for months and months or the soldier not being able to get medical care or a whole list of other worst case issues...
I just want it all to go smoothly so badly... Just a nice calm tranisition... I hope Josh enjoys college and I hope he finds fulfillment in his civilian life...