Meet Gregory Sledge, the owner of Veterans Help LLC . Greg is a United States Army Veteran who served from 1984 to 1987. Greg went to basic training in Ft Knox, Kentucky in January 1984. He vividly remembers the bitter cold and the three hills nicknamed “Agony, Misery, and Heartache.” They were aptly named because they produced all three feelings in recruits marching up and down them with a full rucksack. His main memory of Ft Knox is one of being cold all the time.
Greg next stop was Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was 75 Charlie whmanagement training Specialist. The training consisted of a Basic overview of Army Personnel management which consisted of training in Enlisted promotions and assignments. There was a popular NCO club there and females went to school there also. Compared to Ft Knox, Ft Benjamin Harrison was a paradise. Greg’s fondest memory of Ft Benjamin Harrison was passing the typing test without any errors.
Greg’s first duty station was at Camp Casey, South Korea. After the relaxed duty at Ft Benjamin Harrison, Camp Casey was a rude awakening to the real Army. Camp Casey sat on the border with North Korea and relations between the two countries were very tense. War could break out at any time and as a result a high state of military readiness was required. At any time loud air raid sirens would reverberate through the air signalling a Alert. An alert meant that Soldiers dropped everything they were doing and hastily proceeded to the weapons room where they were issued their M16 and Respirators (gas masks) in case of chemical attack.
The camaraderie between the Soldiers in the Korea was very tight and the men created life long bonds. This is where Greg developed his deep sense of loyalty to other Soldiers. The shared experiences of the harsh conditions drew the men close to each other in a way unmatched in Civilian life.
After leaving the military, Greg had a tough time finding work in Personnel Management. Being young, strong and athletic he began doing various labor jobs. He enjoyed the physical work out and decent pay that moving provided. Eventually he wound up in Gainesville, Florida where he recruited fellow Veterans to form Veterans Moving Help LLC.