635646931319099161-veterans-administration-logoFYIGMO, or FYGMO, or just F    k You, (I) Got My Orders was reason to party hearty. It meant you were within 14 days of being back in the World of round eyes. Back in the land of the Big PX. Hamburgers made out of real beef instead of water buffalo. It created a time warp known as being short-or having very few days until DEROS. DEROS was Day of Estimated Return from OverSeas. Soldiers who were short got to lollygag around and write home, drink, whore (carefully) and do what troops did in the states every night of the week. 

Everyone had a good short joke forty five years ago…

I remember the morning I got so short, I had to get a ladder to climb up to tie my boot laces.

I’m so short, it’s like being in the Land Of the Giants. I have to be careful I don’t get stepped on.

I’m so short I don’t even cast a shadow.

I was so short when I boarded the Freedombird, the stewardess on World Airways had to lift me up and put me in the seat. She even had to buckle my seat belt for me.

downloadWell, pilgrim. This morning I woke up to the most wonderful gift I could ever be given by VA. All the retro compensation, the greenhouse and a computer do not, nor will they ever, compare to valuable tool I have been granted.

I wish to thank all of you over the past 8 years for bringing me incredible fact-based scenarios that require a Rubik’s cube touch. The cases all teased my brain and forced me to read extensively to accomplish this so successfully. Making it legal absolves me from being punished.

This turns a page from the Asknod identity to the Asknod Supremacy. While I am no longer a Padewan, I will never claim to be more than a Jedi Knight. Master status is attained with a Juris Doctorate which I do not feel motivated to pursue at this time of life. What the hey? I’m still dumbfounded that Gilead Sciences has healed me of Hepatitis C. That ball and chain are now a dim memory. Daddy always used to say that’s why they make rear view mirrors small and windshields big so you can see where you’re going, not where you’ve been.

VA Agent approval

Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for helping me to pass the audition. Especial thanks must go to Katrina Eagle, Bob Walsh and Keith Snyder for their glowing recommendations, their faith and lastly their trust in me. FYGMO status must be observed until I get my accreditation number and the secret password to the clubhouse. It took almost one year from July 25th to now to get this far. See any similarities to filing a claim?


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  1. Irv says:


  2. …Great job A, we love you…!

  3. exposedvet says:

    Congratulations Alex good job now you can go to work..Jerrel

  4. Congratulations I hope to see your accreditation number issued soon

  5. Robert says:


  6. Ron says:

    Interesting how that the infamous and inigmatic “They” in the VA always count on someone giving up and rolling over. I can personally attest to that because after fourteen years of not giving up and continually filing in writing appeals and not letting them trundle me into going to a board, or a court of appeals, I too won.
    Bravo Zulu to you brother.

  7. Silvia Hinojosa says:


  8. Todd Totzke says:

    Bravo Zulu and congrats.

  9. M.S. Frank says:

    v. VA, most of us, sooner or later, more or less, just throw in our hands. Little did VA know when they started playing against The Alex, that he wasn’t the “97-pound weakling” they thought he was, but the reincarnation of Charles Atlas. Congratulations, Charles, er, Alex.

  10. Excellent news, though no surprise there!

  11. john king says:

    Good luck with it!

  12. WindTalker says:

    Congratulations Sir Nod. Well Done and Outstanding. You are far beyond an FNG with your knowledge, experience, and past success.
    Perhaps I could be your first paying client, including a retainer fee.

  13. James says:

    Hell yea! Congratulations Alex. Very proud of you.

  14. Clear Left says:

    East coast sends:
    Was there ever any doubt????? Now that you’re the newest guy on the block…Does that mean you’re a FNG again ?????

    Locked and loaded, let’s go.

  15. Sherry says:

    Congrats Alex! Excellent news for sure, all your hard work has finally paid off. 🙂

  16. david murphy says:

    Most excellent

  17. cdneh says:

    Congratulations. This is excellent news 🙂

  18. Buckeye46 says:

    Congratulations Alex! All of your hard work has paid off!

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