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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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SERVING IN THE ARMY DURING THE COLD WAR: A roller coaster ride of 22 years on a wing and a prayer.

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 - Basic Training
Committing my first act of defiance in the US Army

I joined the Army in July 1977 and received basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I was assigned to an all-female unit and was amazed at the diverse group of women of all shapes and sizes from all parts of the country and from all walks of life living together in this new environment. I was a scared 98-pound weakling and soaking wet in my uniform.

We were housed in red-brick barracks furnished with old gray metal bunk beds. Each of us received clean linen, a small pillow, and scratchy woo...

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