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Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by latin_starr1968 View Post
Here is my question to the Military community. Sorry, coz it's going to be lengthy!

I have met a soldier that is currently serving in Turkey. We have been emailing almost 3 months now. He said he was getting ready to come back to the states soon but then told me his tour was extended by 12 weeks. Ok, I can believe that. Well he's telling me that he "loves me" (which I'm not falling for but I do care for him and like him..LIKE, not love) well he told me that he could get a satellite cell phone so we could text and maybe talk on the phone. Of course, I was excited until he told me I'd have to post a one time connection fee of $300, which I'd post here in the states. He said he would pay me back as soon as he got home. I told him I couldn't do that. He asked me to borrow the money, if I could. I told him that was not an option. I told him to send me the money and I'd be happy to do so. He said being overseas, he had no access to his money.
If he is on Active Duty, he gets a regular pay-check sent to his bank. He may not have easy access to a bank where he is located, but so long as he has access to the internet, he does have access to his banking.

For anything that he wants to buy, he can spend his money for that purpose.

... He has told me that he was putting in for leave so that he can come home earlier and that he's also going to drop his retirement paperwork
To 'retire' means that he has served for at least 20 years. Once a servicemember submits his paperwork to retire, that is NOT just dropped.

... He said to make the process easier he asked if I could send an email to a "diplomat" that will help him get it started. I was to email this guy wait to get the info that was requested and print them out, sign then scan and send them back to the guy I'm talking to. He said the Army requires he has a beneficiary got his paper work and since he had no-one he wants to put me down. He process to tell me that there is a $550 processing fee and that he would pay me back. I told him I was NOT sending any money to anyone. Well he told me he was not happy with my decision not to help him get his retirement going. I told him I'd make him a deal. ..give me his social, CO email and his unit info. He said he couldn't do that for "security reasons".
This sounds very fishy.

His command should have an 'ombudsman' somewhere stateside, whose job is to assist dependents with connecting to any services they need. Ask to speak with his ombudsman during regular office hours, so you can meet face-to-face with the ombudsman.
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