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Name Change

posted Nov 4, 2011, 5:32 AM by Brandon McGuire   [ updated Nov 6, 2011, 5:01 AM ]

(Original Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2009)

Unlike most males out there I have actually had my name changed… not once, but twice! When I was a teenager my stepfather hated when the school would call and ask for Mr. McGuire because his last name was Hamren. Well my mom and stepfather thought it would be a good idea if I just changed my name to Hamren.

Without any legal paperwork of any kind, they told the school that my last name was now Hamren. I ended up with a diploma with the last name of Hamren even though my legal name was McGuire. I had gone by Hamren so long that I ended up just legally changing my name through the courts. Turns out that a few years after high school my stepfather decided to be a total ass and leaves. I didn’t want to keep that last name, so I went back to the courts and had my name changed back. During the process though I changed my middle name the first time, but did not change it back the second time. This ended up giving me a legal name that did not match my birth certificate. This was also not even noticed until the day I was heading to MEPS the second time. The recruiter called freaking out “we need to have this taken care of today”. I called the courts to see if they had any records dating back that far and to find out if they could fax them to me. Turns out that everyone I needed to talk to was away from their desk. I ended up taking a break and going home to search for my old paperwork. Luckily I am somewhat of a pack-rat and I was able to find the 18-year-old documents. So I was able to fax them over to the recruiter and this obstacle was completed.