RICHMOND, Va. — Recently-separated Army Sgt. Vince Mills has stunned the local veteran community by refusing to start his own small business selling military-themed items, according to neighbors familiar with the situation.
The furor started last week when Mills, an infantryman who deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan, told friends at a going-away party that he intended to join the national forest service and become a park ranger.
“It’s just a fucking disgrace is what it is,” said Ricky Valentino, a former Army supply specialist and owner of Patriot’s Delight Residential Lighting Emporium.
Flint Steel, CEO and co-founder of Angry Babykiller Infidel Apparel, was more blunt.
“Every time a piece of shit veteran like him refuses to shoehorn his service record in a small business, no matter how obscure or irrelevant, it’s like kicking the Statue of Liberty right in the pussy.”
Mills has taken the angry posts on social media, hateful phone calls, and death threats with surprising calm, saying that 3 years of military service or a single 6 month deployment doesn’t always have to define a person for the rest of their lives.
“You also don’t have to add disgruntled to everything veteran. In fact, that kind of just makes you an asshole,” he added.
Despite his non-confrontational stance, the backlash against Mills has only grown as reports of his unwillingness to start a company circulated around the internet.
Kenny Boscoe, former second lieutenant and self-described sheepdog, lashed out at the recently separated soldier on his blog: Disgruntled Warrior Raghead Slayer.
“I didn’t found Rogue Spartan Gunslinger Psychotherapy and Marriage Counseling to hear some whiny bitch complain about getting harassed. It’s our duty as veterans to give back to our community at all levels.”
At press time, Mills announced that he’s reconsidering starting a veteran-themed business, but wants to get into an area that’s not already flooded with competition. Sources report that he’s debating either a career counseling service for transitioning vets, or some type of irreverent apparel company.
Jack McQuack, owner of Sheepdog Artisanal Soaps, also contributed to this report.