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September 04, 2014

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956 and became an electronics technician. I was promoted to 2nd class petty officer (E-5) before I was accepted as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NavCad). I received my commission as an Ensign U.S.N.R. and Naval Aviator in 1962. I remained on active duty until 1972, then transferred to the Naval Air Reserve where I flew until 1988. I was diagnosed with severe depression and because I stupidly smoked for too long, I suffer from emphysema. This job allows me to still be productive and support Veterans and our active duty military troops. I am proud of all who have served and I thank those who still serve.

I am a U.S. Army Combat Veteran who served in the Army from 2002 until 2010. During this time I spent two tours in Iraq where I received multiple injuries the most serious being a Traumatic Brain Injury. My injury has placed a lot of limitations on my life and many of the things I did before becoming injured I cannot do because of my continued health problems. I was honorably discharged from the Army and put on permanent medical disability. My wife has encouraged me to become involved in activities that will improve my quality of life and allow me to regain some of the independence that I have lost as a result of my injury. Since I returned from Iraq with my injury my spouse has been actively involved in my healthcare and is my caregiver. There have been many challenges for me as a result of my disability. Both my wife and I started working with the Commoneo Project in the spring of 2010. Working for Commoneo Project gives me the opportunity to contribute financially to my family as well supporting my recovery by allowing me to work on my small motor control by using my hands and continued cognitive support. My wife and I have been married for six years and have three children living at home with us. My wife and I enjoy working together to make the products.

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