The Discharge

The Discharge by Gary Reilly

Publisher: Running Meter Press, Denver
Publication Date: June 2017

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Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
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He put his uniform away carefully. The thing would rot at the creases and disintegrate someday, now that it was a part of history, something to show the children he would never beget.

The Discharge is the third novel in a trilogy about military life and its aftermath by the late writer Gary Reilly. Private Palmer, an army draftee during the Vietnam War, has trained to become a military policeman (The Enlisted Men’s Club,) served a tour of duty in the Southeast Asian war zone (The Detachment) and is now trying re-integrate into civilian life in this final installment. The transition is rocky for Palmer. He finds that his strategies for surviving the tedium of army routine and coping with ever-present danger don’t serve him well on the outside. He kills time in Denver, bounces around San Francisco and Los Angeles chasing a California dream, and finally ends up behind the wheel of taxi in Denver––his destiny all along.

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