RESPONSE TO RAIN::
I am truly sorry that my response has taken so long, and I ask your understanding. In answer ti your questions. I spent more than two tours in S.E. Asia. My of what I did was (and is) highly classed because at that time, congress had forbidden any American presense in those countries. On Clinton's last day in office he reviewed for re-classification, a number of issues. He declassified much of what came to be called oper. PHX. , however, since many of us who were involved in daily, covert, operations on behalf of our Intel folks (guess), were still alive. Rather than expose them or their families to retribution, he renewed the classification of the operations I was involved in. I was in service of my country, and because of my work the lives of thousands of GI's were saved, how can I not feel proudly about that.
After the military, my partner and I did the college thing, and were recruited by the treasury dept. At that time he & I felt that we would be like any other GS-1811's. This didn't hold true. He and I were TDY'D to many agency's, when our particular skills were needed quietly. More than that I won't go into in a public forum. I remained a SA, and when credited for my military time, I had 30+ years of a life totally dedicated to the preservation of American Freedoms, and the elimination of persons and organizations that sought to bring those things down. I have killed (often), trained others to kill effectively, I've fought, I have 3 hearts (there could be more, if reported) I was, for a while a POW, captured and being taken North to Hanoi. I have been tortured, and if you could see parts of my body you would wonder how I survived. Over the years I've concluded that I survived because of my love of God, my family, and my comrades. Several died when the only reason for their death's was their dedication to keeping me alive to do my work. To them nothing can explain how I feel.
Your question on my pension: During the course of my divorce proceedings, each party negotiated some things. Sometimes she won, sometimes I won (im told). At that time I was certain that I had a good 25 or so years of pension earning time ahead of me so I STIPULATED THE AMOUNT I HAD EARNED TO DATE! Now that was a civil agreement, and did not involve the gov't. The gov't did all it could, in that area. I hope that answers that question.
If you go back "in this thread" you can read of how my world was destroyed. The bottom line is, we are destitute, daily we have to chose between food, or my meds. We long ago limited ourselves to a single meal a day. Neither of us has purchased one item of "new" clothes in over a decade. Our car is parked, because we can't afford gas, sound familiar. (in a year when EXXON showed their largest profits EVER..... EVER, at some levels it was raises all around. Each day some federal prison somewhere is releasing prisoners after 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, etc.. years. Some hold me responsible for their being in prison, and they have had time to concoct some crazy ideas. Six years ago my partner took 5, .357 rounds in the back at a target store. He & I had been together our whole time. I was generously give a 90 day LOA, because the know how close we were. In that three years, I dealt with personal business. Detail & Chapter cloesed!
It hit rock bottom when a Bankruptcy judge ruled that I had to surrender my guns (24) to be sold to satisfy my creditors. I tried to beg the court that I be left with a handgun & an AK -refused! My disabilities (read back in thread) painted a target on my head, and I couldn't even defend my self and family. Yea, I'm dying, but I'm not going for two or so years. I have to protect those I love & teach them how to protect themselves after I am gone.
Sometimes I get resentful! I find myself saying things like "after all I've done without fanfare, not wanting any, but after a life lived as mine was, to be left without the basic means of self defense; but I snap out of it. I didn't do the things I've done with any expectations of some kind of "payback". Many Gave More & I so little really! Sometimes I will be reading article by a gun writer in G&A, and I get stressed as he discusses his 9 M1911's, 7 Glocks, 4 Khar's, and a couple of "XD's". The man has guns he doesn't shoot & here I sit. Yes at one point, I needed a gun-safe too. Now an empty shoe box is plenty.
R a i n I apologize, I got carried away in what should have been just answering to questions you asked.
TO ALL I APOLOGIZE! NUFF SAID!