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Chapter 67

January 5, 2016
Posted at 2:52 pm

There was one relatively minor complaint about the last chapter. How could a battalion think a soldier was dead when the CO of the battalion knew he was alive? Okay, that was a stretch. In the story I addressed it by having the CO transfer out almost immediately, which we see in Chapter 67. Realistically, though, it's a stretch. On the other hand, I have received countless emails from veterans who agreed that military bureaucracy could be maddening, and reported how they had lost promotions, pay, and decorations in the system. I would not be surprised to learn that something like this has actually happened.

In a totally separate and completely unrelated note, in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, corrupt officials and judges routinely declare living people dead, usually after being bribed by relatives trying to inherit land. It is next to impossible to 'come alive' afterwards. There is actually an Uttar Pradesh Association of Dead People, made up of these 'zombies', which fights for their legal rights. I saw this on 60 Minutes once. Amazing, the junk you remember.

One important medical note - a couple of readers reported that Prozac wouldn't be the appropriate medication for a 'chill pill' effect. Valium, a benzodiazepine, would be a more likely candidate. Changed. Thanks.

- rlfj