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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2015, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone here have people doubt their military stories?

Just curious if it's just me or what... I've had a lot of people think I am BSing when I tell them where I've been, who I've met and what sort of jobs and training I've had. People at work literally call me Forest Gump because I've had a chance to talk to President Bush, been to places most other military members can't, met multiple celebs, etc... Anyone else get this?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2015, 11:31 PM
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I don't know that I have ever been doubted...but I have definitely doubted some other "veterans'" stories. Seems like everybody was SF or Ranger.
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I've learned that there are some stories you just don't tell civilians.
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Normally the only time the Military ever gets brought up is if I'm talking to other vets. And since I retired near FT Bragg NC most of the vets I talk to have been to and done the same things I have.

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Just curious if it's just me or what... I've had a lot of people think I am BSing when I tell them where I've been, who I've met and what sort of jobs and training I've had. People at work literally call me Forest Gump because I've had a chance to talk to President Bush, been to places most other military members can't, met multiple celebs, etc... Anyone else get this?
Heck, I am a Naval Aircrew vet, and civilians often have trouble understanding my stories, which are tame indeed compared to Army vet stories from recent times. (I was an ASW guy during the Soviet era..)

Seriously, oversharing with civilians is a fast route to disappointment and frustration. Just don't.

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Coast Guard here. People haven't doubted my stories from what we did while actually "doing our job." People have doubted the unbelievable stupid **** while bored underway or while we were at the academy.

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I hardly ever tell stories to civilians...

One counselor lady at the VA did have me bring in my wife and kids to a couple of sessions. Kinda glad I did. At least now they know what was going on, but most of the time, I just don't feel people would get it, or even need to know it anyway.
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