I did not wait to get drafted into the Viet Nam war. In 1970, I joined the Marines and went on temporary duty to Viet Nam to assist in the evacuation of Saigon. On the first day they gave us a briefing and I got guard duty the first night. 4 hours on and 4 hours off. We took mortar rounds the first night. I was never in mortar fire before. The enemy shot mortars at the airstrip and I had to fire back trying to hit the mortars before they hit the aircraft. It was the worst thing I ever saw. Some people were killed. I came back to the states after 30 days, first to California, then to Hawaii where I ended my tour. I went from job to job, never staying more than 6 months. I found it harder and harder to hold a job. In 1975, in the summer, things got really bad. I had dreams of the Viet Cong coming after me, I could hear mortar fire. I never forgot the mortar fire. I went back and forth to the VA hospital, taking more and more drugs. I was in the hospital 8 or 9 times. Nothing seemed to help. They called my stress PTSD. I fought the VA by myself until Mr. Gang came along. Eric has integrity. That’s why I asked him to represent me. We got back pay for 10 years, and we’re still fighting for back pay for another 10 years. I’ve been fighting the VA for 38 years, every day since I was discharged from the Marines. I’ll be 60 next year. It makes me sad to think about all the things I wanted to do, all the places I wanted to go. I’ve spent my entire life fighting either the VC or the VA. I give Eric my highest recommendation because he went up against the VA and won!