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.