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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1120 on: September 01, 2021, 05:11:21 pm »
USN 1978 - 1995 Retired from active duty when we closed Naval Security Group Activity, Galeta Island, Republic of Panama.
Sonar Technician Submarines; Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (Linguist)
USS Sam Rayburn
USS Antrim
USS Nimitz
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Thank you for your service. 🙂

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1121 on: September 24, 2021, 03:44:50 pm »
Sad tale coming!

My 1st cousin Brenda died in June.  Undiagnosed cancer at 61 years!  How can that happen in today's world?  I'll tell you!  Economics.  She was Coast Guard vet late 80's - late 90's. She was an electronics genius!  Serving in the homophobic climate of the period (much like me!) she was under enormous pressure.  All of trans folks folks dealt with it as best they could.  She had a crush on her commander and made a mistake.  She was caught underdressed while in uniform; the camisole top under the uniform T and dress shirt was spotted.  Her life became a living hell. 

Long story short, Other than Honorable Discharge and the next 10 years trying to fit in closeted; trying to self medicate screwed her up physically causing some atrocious side affects that didn't reverse (finger tips became splayed, flattened).  Depression, drugs, and such unhappiness was the norm for "Brian."  With no medical insurance and no help from any front misery was the name of her game.  Finally, when Obama Obama came to office, she reached out to the VA; then only after fighting the establishment/bureaucracy to upgrade her discharge to General did begin to sort out the underlying troubles.  Counseling helped her to come out the the world, then HRT and assistance from the trans community in the Seattle area.  At last helping her feel progress to equilibrium where the rest of the world see her correctly.

She had implant surgery November 2020 and SRS (in hospital Spokane) that December.  She wasn't healing as expected, then the shock.  Diagnosis stage 4 cancer.  Apparently starting in the lungs moving down into bone, bowels, prostate and that's enough said.  She was dead in three months, never enjoying the fruits of the trans battle within and without.

Why they didn't pick it up in preop screenings and prep.   ARGH!
My story is differently the same as yours.  Histories and tales posted here are not fiction, nobody could dream this *stuff* up.  What a book this would make!  Do you really wonder at why any of us did or did not "express" as a child...perhaps the tears streaking my cheeks at the moment tell all.

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1122 on: October 01, 2021, 09:13:53 pm »
A very sorrowful story that has some similarities to my own.  It breaks my heart to hear of others suffering so, especially any of my Sisters and Brothers who have Served.  Much has changed since back then.  Still got a ways to go.  God Bless.
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1123 on: December 16, 2021, 09:46:35 am »
I served in the Army and Army reserve, from 1985 till 2011, just recently cracked my egg, one month on steady Hormones and have had zero help from the VA I have reached out and heard nothing back, thank god for Plum!

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1124 on: December 16, 2021, 12:25:37 pm »
I served in the Army and Army reserve, from 1985 till 2011, just recently cracked my egg, one month on steady Hormones and have had zero help from the VA I have reached out and heard nothing back, thank god for Plum!

@JamieW
Dear Jamie:
Thank you for your service and I am wishing you well regarding your Hormone regimen.
Also, I see that this is your very first posting   ....  WELCOME to Susan's Place.
 
Be sure to read the many posting on the following sub-forum:     
                   Military Veterans Confab
       https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/board,548.0.html

You will find other members/veterans that have posted information regarding VA medical and name change procedures.

Again, thank you for your service.
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1125 on: December 16, 2021, 12:29:50 pm »
I served in the Army and Army reserve, from 1985 till 2011, just recently cracked my egg, one month on steady Hormones and have had zero help from the VA I have reached out and heard nothing back, thank god for Plum!
@JamieW
Dear Jamie:
    Please know that I am not trying to sidetrack your comments and I will give you and others back this thread right after I warmly welcome you to Susan's Place and the Forums.
   
    I am most pleased that you had decided to join to Susan's Place and
the Forums several years ago back in 2017.


    Thank you for, just now,  writing your very first posting.... as you get more involved in exchanging comments on various posts other members will be offering their thoughts and comments in response to any of your future questions and concerns..

    This is the right place for you to be to find out what others may have to say regarding their own experiences.
    There are a lot of members here that will be able to identify with your situation as you continue to feel free to share it.
 
    I also want to warmly WELCOME you to Susan's Place
You will find this a safe and friendly place to share with others and to read about others similar trials, tribulations, and successes.

    As you are certainly aware you can share with others and involve yourself with some give and take with other like-minded members.  When frustrated or if you have successes you can share it here if you wish and receive support from others and offer support to others. ....
     ***It's a very good chance that you might find that you will make some new friends here. 

    Please come in and continue to be involved at your own pace.
   
    There is information and important LINKS that I have included below.   You will find information about the site that will help you navigate around and best utilize the features here.   
Please look closely at the LINKS in RED, answers are there to many questions that new members ask.

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1126 on: December 16, 2021, 12:32:05 pm »
@JamieW
DearJamie:

OH, another thing....  Please feel free to stop by the Introductions Forum to very briefly tell more members a little about yourself and to let them know of your arrival on the Forums!
 
With more exposure to more members here you will be able to get more responses to your questions and concerns.

Wishing your well as you continue to be involved in the forums.

NOTE: Now, after all of this Greeting and Welcoming stuff, I will give you and others the thread back so that the conversation can continue.

Best wishes to you,
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Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1127 on: January 04, 2022, 01:20:42 am »
I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran, served during the Gulf War, 1990-1995, though I remained stateside and was never in harm's way.  My education was in a STEM field, so I served in defense acquisition.

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1128 on: January 04, 2022, 08:47:12 am »
I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran, served during the Gulf War, 1990-1995, though I remained stateside and was never in harm's way.  My education was in a STEM field, so I served in defense acquisition.

@Faraday
Dear Faraday:
Thank you for your military service.

I am also a USAF veteran....   

Thank you for sharing and posting.
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1129 on: March 12, 2022, 05:05:50 pm »
Bartlett, Kjiersten. USAF 63150 Fuel Spec, (POL)

6/71 -6/80.

366 TFW; DaNang AB, Danang, RVN. 11/71- 09/15/'72. PCS >
432 TRW, Udorn RTAFB, Udonthani, Thailand. 09/16-12/16/'72. PCS to 10 TRW>
DEROS Duty StBy Clark, AB. Philippines. 12/17-12/28/'72. Trvl "AT" Duty StBy "TDY/PD.
10 TRW, RAF Alconbury, Gt. Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, England . 02/'73 - 12/77  PCS >
436 MAW, Dover, DE. 01/78 -06/'80 ETS.

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1130 on: March 12, 2022, 05:46:49 pm »
@Kjiersten
Dear Kjiersten:
It is always nice to see another US AIR FORCE vet on here....
.... thank you for  your service!!!! :)

I served in the USAF before my
college years 2004 - 2008 much of the time at Lackland AFB in Texas primarily
assigned to the Air Education and Training Command (AETC)

Warm wishes,
Danielle

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Bartlett, Kjiersten. USAF 63150 Fuel Spec, (POL)

6/71 -6/80.

366 TFW; DaNang AB, Danang, RVN. 11/71- 09/15/'72. PCS >
432 TRW, Udorn RTAFB, Udonthani, Thailand. 09/16-12/16/'72. PCS to 10 TRW>
DEROS Duty StBy Clark, AB. Philippines. 12/17-12/28/'72. Trvl "AT" Duty StBy "TDY/PD.
10 TRW, RAF Alconbury, Gt. Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, England . 02/'73 - 12/77  PCS >
436 MAW, Dover, DE. 01/78 -06/'80 ETS.
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1131 on: March 13, 2022, 03:31:24 am »
Thank you for your service, Kjiersten.   :)

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1132 on: March 24, 2022, 03:33:11 pm »
Still serving.  January 1978 to date.

Already answered poll as retired Navy last year.  Saw that DoD civilian was added:  Started off in Submarines (SSBN635 Gold Crew); changed rate, Naval Security Group seconded to NSA; then Contractor USCG; followed by Contractor USAF 15 years; Gov't AF civil service now 6 years.

Still mtf nightmare in today's service too.
My story is differently the same as yours.  Histories and tales posted here are not fiction, nobody could dream this *stuff* up.  What a book this would make!  Do you really wonder at why any of us did or did not "express" as a child...perhaps the tears streaking my cheeks at the moment tell all.

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1133 on: March 24, 2022, 04:34:02 pm »
@damalie
Once again thank you for your past service and now your continuing service.
I read your earlier September 2021 post regarding your Navy Service from 1978 - 1995 that
detailed your service on the various Navy ships and your training as a Sonar Technician Submarines
and Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (Linguist)

Thank you for coming back to the Forums to share your thoughts, comments and question.

Warmest regards,
Danielle
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Still serving.  January 1978 to date.

Already answered poll as retired Navy last year.  Saw that DoD civilian was added:  Started off in Submarines (SSBN635 Gold Crew); changed rate, Naval Security Group seconded to NSA; then Contractor USCG; followed by Contractor USAF 15 years; Gov't AF civil service now 6 years.

Still mtf nightmare in today's service too.
***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1134 on: April 01, 2022, 07:59:48 pm »
A fellow Vet as well, Served Us Army 78-84 
Rein Main afb. Frankfort AM Main


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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1135 on: April 01, 2022, 08:13:23 pm »
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A fellow Vet as well, Served Us Army 78-84 
Rein Main afb. Frankfort AM Main
@KrystalDragon
Thank you very much for your service.   
Much appreciated for certain!!!!
Best wishes to you.
Danielle
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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1136 on: April 07, 2022, 11:37:15 am »
I was stationed at Rhein Main AFB Germany 1969-1972.


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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1137 on: April 07, 2022, 12:41:43 pm »
I served 1968-1972
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@Rickidekova
Aweeeee.... is is always nice for me to see another USAF veteran "reporting for duty"
here on the Roll Call thread.

I see that our member @Devlyn had previously thanked you for your service
when you posted here on  December 22, 2020...
...***please allow me to also thank you for your service.

Warm regards,
Danielle
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Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1138 on: April 15, 2022, 11:59:49 pm »
US Marines 87-91
Combat vet🧚🏼‍♀️

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Re: Roll call!
« Reply #1139 on: April 16, 2022, 12:20:59 pm »
US Marines 87-91
Combat vet🧚🏼‍♀️
@JulesMaid
Dear Jules:
Thank you for your service.... 
.... to you, a USMC veteran... from me, a USAF veteran.

HUGS,
Danielle
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A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
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Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
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Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 42