Survived A War – Injured Coming Home

May 7, 2009

in Odds & Ends Stories

My flight from Hell was kind of a series of adventures. I was returning from active duty in Iraq with my unit, returning home. We had to wait in a hooch tent for hours (the smart ones got some sleep in) then we were herded like cattle to our plane. Unlike previous flights, I got stuck in a middle row seat, but considering the circumstances, I didn’t complain.

Of course, I wouldn’t be writing if something DIDN’T happen, and in this case, it occurred just as we were in the home stretch. The movie screen for the in-flight was just above me. Just as we were about to land, the FA’s were taking down the screen…apparently one or both had butterfingers, because the next thing I know, a 10 pound sheet of plastic hits both my knees!

I’m pretty tough (in the military you have to be!) but still it hurt…it took a few minutes to walk it off after we deplaned. Needless to say….I’m either driving, busing or using the train the next time I go out of town, if I can help it!

Signed, William

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Roto13 May 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm

You're definitely overreacting if you're going to try not to fly at all any more.


Nathaniel Webb May 15, 2009 at 3:54 am

if thats the worst thing thats happen to you, then you need to get out of the military and fine a comfortable nursing home or the VA hospital to hang around.


Trixi May 15, 2009 at 7:20 am

Welcome home, sir, thanks for your service!


SAW May 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

What kind of plane has a removable movie screen? I've been flying for 40 years – never seen such a thing.


Anonymous May 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm

SAW: Probably the kind that you don't see unless you're on a military charter.


Demotage May 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Thanks for your service to our country!


Hugh May 18, 2009 at 7:20 am

Thanks for your service, welcome home! God bless you and your family.


Marta May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Soldier, ignore Roto13,Nathaniel Webb and SAW, a bigger bunch of sourpusses I have never seen.

Welcome Home and Thank you for your service Sir!


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