From the July 2018 magazine.

Following orders

For years, a drunken Navy man stayed out of trouble. But one day, his wife and boss called him in

I joined the Navy right out of high school to fulfill my military obligation. My plans were to do my four years, return home, find a job, and live happily ever after in the small New Hampshire town where I grew up. That never happened. 

A month before my discharge, my mother passed away. While I was home on emergency leave for her funeral, I inquired about jobs that might be in line with my military experience. The best I could find was an orderly position at the local VA hospital that paid $4,000 per year (1963 wages). 

-- Ernie L.

Chesapeake, Virginia

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