THIS IS A YEAR OF THE ROOSTER CONTEST ENTRY
100 words, Year of the Rooster. Theme reminds me of a veteran, who has had many "firsts" in his life recently.
He slowly shuffles into the office, his left leg a step behind him.
At the previous visit, wrinkled hands rolled up the leg of his pants to show me the long ravine scars.
“One remindah, even tho I no like remembah,” he said. “Vietnam wen fuck me up real good.”
We both sit down, and I start explaining his VA disability compensation benefits. He is silent, staring at his notification letter. I stop myself and ask him if he’s ok.
He looks up with dewy eyes.
“I always knew I was crazy, but now I kno it’s not my fault.”