Bill Black - Bureaucratic cynicism

Running time
49 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I remember we went out the last day, but you had to be medically fit before they would discharge you. And I had, probably through tick bites, little peas under my skin everywhere, really hard, calloused, and they'd be itchy.

And I can remember getting sent to a specialist and he burnt them out, cauterised them out. And it meant nothing to me at the time, but I can always remember this. But I call him an a-hole now because he was a bloody a-hole, but he said to me, "Don't think you're going to get a pension because of this."

Well I didn't know what a bloody pension was or any of that. But I've never forgotten that, him saying that, because I thought at the time, "Why would you say that? You knew nothing about that stuff.” But he was just, again, he had to make a point of that.

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