I am a disabled veteran and have served six years in the US Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk. My job was working on Avionics - Aviation Electronics - After the Navy I worked for a Cessna Dealer again on Avionics Equipment, Next I worked for the Department of the Army on Avionics and then on Automated Test designing both the hardware and software to automatically test highly complex electronics systems. <br /><br />Going back to the US Navy, in 1977 I fell 180 feet and landed on rocks. I was transported to the Navy Hospital by a Navy SAR team. Two days later I was put back to work on light duty. <br /><br />Ever since this time I did not feel good. I crushed my heels, broke my back, tore my diaphragm, damaged my elbow, had 32 stitches in my head and suffered brain damage. <br /><br />Nevertheless, I still worked for eleven years afterwards using all of my annual leave, sick leave and about thirty days a year on leave without pay just because I was sick. The doctor in the Navy hospital said that I only broke my back and that was all. I've been to more than thirty doctors trying to find out why I was always very sick, but it didn't feel like any disease. <br /><br />Most Doctors only spent fifteen seconds on the actual exam, excluding paperwork, and then gave me drugs for problems that I did not have. The drugs were many times very hard on me making me only sicker and caused me to miss more work. <br /><br />In 1989 My boss said, "Sign this paper, your disabled retired" This was under the CSRS FERS system of the federal government. I went home expecting to receive a paycheck the next month. Instead, it took nine months before I received a single check which was a little over six hundred dollars. <br /><br />It's interesting that the CSRS Civil Service Retirement System was there so that if I became disabled, I would not have to suffer financial hardships. I ended up with an old van and my good friend, Boone Dog. That's all I had left. <br /><br />C. Jeff Dyrek