The Illinois Army National Guard

for Woody

Jeremy Warneke, Craft of War Writing Instructor

Jeremy Warneke, Craft of War Writing Instructor

FOLLOWING 9/11, we were deployed to the airport.

IN THE BEGINNING, people thanked us for our presence.

OUR LEADERSHIP DIDN’T THANK US: our lodgings were at the Marriott.

AFTER TWO MONTHS, I was allowed to return home.

SHY OF QUALIFYING FOR LONG-LASTING BENEFITS, everybody else got booted: involuntarily discharged.

“YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO GET IT THIS GOOD AGAIN,” our leadership said.