Having pioneered Thailand’s wilder forms of fun, the US military are back – but this time it’s for the golf.
The Vietnam War era saw red-blooded US ratings turn Pattaya from a sleepy fishing village into a perpetual frat party, while stetson-toting Texan airman T. G. ‘Cowboy’ Edwards established Bangkok’s notorious Soi Cowboy.
Ex-airman Graham M. Fitzwilliams is now planning a quieter invasion – a mass deployment of retired staff in search of golf, cheap real estate and good medical care.
‘I am dedicating my life to help fellow veterans and others discover how to secure a happy and prosperous life in Thailand,’ he says.
In collaboration with Bangkok-based agency Company Vauban, Graham will be offering ex-military staff a luxury lifestyle and accelerated retirement.
‘Most military retire from service at ages 40 to 45 and then have to pursue other means of employment to survive,’ he says.
In Thailand, on the other hand, their pension can ensure a permanent club-class vacation.
‘My goal is to inform and educate retired military and government employees about the benefits of living in Thailand, how far their pension will go, what Tri-Care benefits they can get if they get sick,’ he says.
Ex-military staff open to another PCS (permanent change of station) can contact Graham through firstname.lastname@example.org.