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

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 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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It Was High Time to Grow a Spine

By John Ready | Mar 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’d never been assertive. Even though I was an officer in the Army Reserve, I still allowed myself to be led, instead of being a leader. In short, I caved in to authority.   That was my MO up until the first week of July 2003 in Iraq. That’s when everything changed for me. People […]

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4 Cylinders from Amish

By John Ready | Mar 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

I have less than optimal luck with things mechanical. Not exactly bad luck. Just dumb. And I know I’m not alone. Shit happens.   I bought a Mercedes. Not a real one, but a Faux Mercedes. It was a replica of a 1928 Mercedes Gazelle. Fiberglass on a VW frame and 4-cylinder engine.   Looked […]

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It’s Time to Stop Talking, and Start Protecting our Schools

By John Ready | Mar 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

I waited a while before offering my two cents on the school shooting topic. It seems that we keep getting back to debating the gun control issue every time it happens. While that’s obviously pertinent, we don’t get past it.   That topic has been diced and sliced for decades. In the background, there have […]

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Paying for Privelege

By John Ready | Mar 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

  He was automatically out of place. Awkward, geeky, a little bit too outgoing. The drill sergeants had an awful time trying to instill discipline in Ken. But, that’s understandable because no one had ever yelled and screamed at him before.   We were in the first week of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Basic […]

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A Compilation of a Veteran's Stories

My experience of deployment in Iraq and other veteran stories.