Veteran’s Stories: John Ready’s Take on Life

Take-backs

By John Ready | Jul 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Collins Dictionary   phrasal verb: If you take something back, you return it to the place where you bought it or where you borrowed it from, because it is unsuitable or broken, or because you have finished with it. If I buy something and he doesn’t like it, I’ll take it back.   The US 2003 invasion of […]

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Too Easy to go to War

By John Ready | Jul 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

That’s where we are now: the American people have sub-contracted our military conflicts out to Congress and the Pentagon. At any given time, only 1% of the population serves in the military. It’s an all-volunteer force: there is no draft, and there is no such thing as National Service. There is support for those who […]

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Come on in!

By John Ready | Jun 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’ve started referring to my parents’ home as The Puzzle Palace: I just never, NEVER know what to expect to see when I visit.   One night in the middle of Winter, I paid them a visit. My mother was doing the dishes and shaking her head sideways. “Your father”, she muttered.   “Oh, no!” […]

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The Cover Story

By John Ready | Jun 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

About the cover of my published Iraq War memoir:   It almost got me arrested.  The book, or at least the manuscript, was finished. I needed a catchy title, one that would stand out from all the other war memoirs. One night, around 3 am, it came to me: Does My Suicide Vest Make Me […]

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Pickup Lines That Should NEVER be Spoken, or Responded to for that Matter

By John Ready | Jun 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

I instantly felt bad for my friend, Tim; he’d been divorced once before, and now it was Round 2. After talking to me and to another friend, he agreed to meet us at a local bar. Tim said he was coming straight from work. The plan was for him to get drunk and dull the […]

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Strategy Bridge Book Review: Thank You!

By John Ready | Jun 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

I am so grateful to https://thestrategybridge.org for a great review of my book, Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?   The reviewer, Katharine Petrich, went to great lengths to emphasize the difference between books like mine-which focus on the dark humor and idiocy-and those that emphasize merely the combat aspect of war.   […]

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True Cost of War

By John Ready | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Memorial Day 2018 has come and gone. For most Americans, that long weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer, filled with fireworks, barbecues, and family outings. For a much smaller slice of America, Memorial Day has a completely different meaning: it is the day when we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, whether […]

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What’s Your Pain Level Today?

By John Ready | May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

That’s what they ask you when you arrive for an appointment at the VA. They’re trying to gauge just how bad you feel. If you receive treatment during the visit, they will ask you again before you leave. Hopefully, on a scale of 1-10, your score will be lower. It’s a win for you, and it’s […]

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What I Miss About Iraq

By John Ready | Apr 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now there’s something you don’t read every day. Missing war?   The deaths?   Friends getting wounded?   The threat of attacks?   Separation from family?   Really?   That sentiment is more common than you think. From talking with dozens of my fellow veterans, I can tell you that the majority of us-in some […]

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Surprises are for Birthdays

By John Ready | Mar 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

What I mean by that is: I don’t like being around things that make sharp, jerky movements. The kind that winged creatures make. So, I made it my mission in life to expel the bat from my house.   There’s only room for one of us in here. I pay the mortgage, so you gotta […]

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A Compilation of a Veteran's Stories

My experience of deployment in Iraq and other veteran stories.