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After suffering years of physical abuse from my ex-husband, I decided I had had enough! I joined the Army in 1977 and never looked back. Serving 22 years during the Cold War as a single parent, I retired in Germany and am a Permanently Disabled Veteran.



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Memoir
(Non-Fic)
SURVIVING THE ARMY DURING THE COLD WAR: Serving for 22 years on a wing and a prayer.
by CORA ANN


I was born in New Orleans, La. I joined the Army in 1977. I arrived in Heidelberg, Germany in 1979 as a single parent with two small daughters. After many tours in Germany during the Cold War, I retired here after 22 years in the Army. As a Permanently Disabled Veteran, I enjoy writing about my experiences, adventures, and meeting new people. A big plus for me is learning about different cultures while traveling. I kept a journal and have written several hundred stories and articles over the past 25 years. ChapterBuzz has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and start my first book. "Sounds interesting!"

CHAPTER 1 - ENLISTING IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY
Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

EACH CHALLENGE STRENGTHENED ME

I found a picture of my Basic Training unit on the internet!!! How cool is that? 

I joined the Army to escape from a violent, abusive ex-husband. I had to sign my two kids over to a guardian while I completed basic training. That was an extremely difficult decision. I knew I had to do something to make a better life for my kids and me. I didn’t know what to expect at Basic Training. I soon realized that I was stronger than I ever thou...







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