On March 16, 1979 he joined the United States Air Force and served thirteen and one half years, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. He maintained a nine performance level, which is the highest mark, for his entire career. After volunteering to work at the Port Mortuary in Dover, Delaware during Desert Storm and Desert Shield as NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer In Charge) of the body handlers, he returned back to his home base of K. I. Sawyer AFB in Gwinn, Michigan.
His life and career went severely downhill. He began suffering from PTSD and bipolar disorder, along with suicidal ideation.
The base was in transition of closing so he took an SSB buyout in September, 1991 and ended his career in the Air force.
His condition ultimately caused a divorce.
After many years of therapy and medical treatment he know maintains a somewhat balanced and healthy life. He says that his poetry is where he hides his demons. He has been writing poetry since he was seventeen years old. Stan says, “As far as my life and the lives of other veterans, don't be afraid to go to the V. A. and get the help you need. They have done wonders with my life and, without their help, I probably wouldn't be here today.”
Currently I have four books in print:Stantasyland Revised Return to Stantasyland: Poetic Verses, and Curse of the First Bite which is an ongoing epic poem. It is written completely in rhyming couplets spanning over four hundred pages and one hundred thousand words. It is a tale of modern fantasy in which a gifted sorceress begins a quest to rid the world of a powerful circle of evil vampires that have been preying upon mankind for thousands of years. All of my recent books can be found on amazon.com under Stanley Victor Paskavich I'm creating images with my quotes on ETSY.com under Stantasyland Uniques shop title there is just a few there for now I'll be adding more soon. There are four idigital images that are great for advocates for the well treatment of people with mental illness.
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