Justin Henderson left for boot camp in January 2011. More than 500 days later, he’s still there.
Henderson is stuck at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. after catching pneumonia 13 days into training. He’s now awaiting a Physical Evaluation Board, which requires paperwork to pass through the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs to get his disability rating.
He stays in a squad bay with Leonard Carter. Carter had to leave boot camp in June 2011 to have a tumor removed from his leg. He is also awaiting a PEB.
Both have since been told by their doctors they’re unfit to serve, but they can’t go home. Their families have barely seen them in the last year and a half. While they wait, they have very little contact with the outside world. They’re still considered recruits, so they have few phone calls and visiting hours are limited.
Read about their experience and what other recruits who have gone through this lengthy process say about the PEB in this week’s issue.
Also in this issue: Learn about the new “red teams” invading the Corps to challenge decision-makers and see why a certain Aussie wants Marines out of Australia.