My Skidult, the Vet
I realized that H's son has officially been an adult for a little while now and I never gave him a new, big boy knickname. Skid formerly knows as "H's Spawn" is now "Skidult". Moving on.... an update and a question....
So, H's skidult has finally made it home from his stint in Navy bootcamp. Trust me, every day I make a small sacrifice of junk food wrappers and skid marked boxers to the step gods that PrisonMom has kept him since her latest release and the word "home" in no way shape or form involves MY home. May her meth runs be stealthly and her thefts fly under the radar, forever and ever- amen. Not sure exactly when he got back but it was last week, so about 4 weeks total give or take. With his undiagnosable, but definetely real, really REAL injury - he was actually participating in bootcamp for about 3-6 days.
Believe me, I try to ignore it all but H has been on this kick of giving everyone play-by-play updates on his skidult (myself included) and then even updating me with the updates about updating people - thus prolonging my suffering and making redirection a near constant aspect of our conversations as pervasive in my day to day life as distracting my almost 2 year old from shiny, throat sized things.
The latest phone call, H asks skidult what his plan is. I know you have all been waiting for it: Game Warden or Helicopter Paramedic. Not really sure where he is going with the Game Warden thing, best I can guess is he has been obsessed with hunting ever since that first time he threatened to bring H's hunting rifles to school to shoot people and the school administrators just thought he "was angry" and let it go. But the Helicopter Paramedic, skidult "wants to save lives". A fresh 180 degree turn from his repeated threats to 'ruin mine' as recently as 2-1/2 years ago. They grow up so fast. Sigh.
My question is, H started telling me that skidult told him that because he was in bootcamp and his discharge was not dishonorable (I was fading in and out of Don't Give a Damnland - can't remember if it was general or what but H did say it was not medical) that he is entitled to veteran's benefits, such as health care for life and education and I was like, "Oh Step Satan, you better hold my tax paying dignity and not let me say something I am going to regret...." and I have been gnawing the inside of my lip since. Anyone with any US military experience who can fill me in? Seems like a tremendous waste to extend such generous benefits to lazy a$$ skidult for his generous 6 days or service when we seem to provide such lack luster care for real service members.
Makes me think my prediction for him to follow in PrisonMom's shackled footshufflings is pretty much true, stolen valor is a federal crime and it's only a matter of time before skidult starts running his "veteran mouth" and trying to swindle every free small fry he can on Veteran's Day.