A few people have asked about my career that I had before I had ALS.
I graduated from CSU as you know and was in the army ROTC and was shipped to
I absolutely hated the army life but loved touring Germany Europe.
I spent every weekend traveling and seeing as much as possible.
After the army I was stationed in
. My base was at the logistics
center for the army. I was fortunate to be into computers and I was assigned to
the automated computer system that kept track of equipment being repaired at the
maintenance shops. Oh btw, in the army I was the officer in charge of a
maintenance shop. A perfect match. We repaired anything from tents to tanks! I
loved working with my soldiers and I was not afraid to roll up my sleeves and
get dirty. One soldier said that was the first time he had seen an officer do
that. Well back to my story… I was still in the army and when I got out after
four years my boss asked me if I would like to stay on as a civilian. I didn’t
hesitate. I said yes sir! I worked there for ten years got married and had two
beautiful babies. In 1995 when the government was cutting programs, my wife and
I decided to get out. She worked in computers too but a different system. Virginia
My wife, Hing was from
and wanted to go home. So I found
a job with FedEx developing a computer system exactly like the one I developed
for the army. I was hired on the spot. Hing was so excited to be going home.
She has eight brothers and sisters so I hit the jackpot! Fortunately we had
enough income so Hing could quit working and raise our children properly. It was the best decision
ever because I am convinced that our kids are so much better than if she
worked. With FedEx everything is needed five minutes ago. Ha ha. My stress
level was out of control but I absolutely loved my job. I was working myself to
death. After ten years my body gave up. To be honest I am the guy that
internalizes my feelings and it caught up to me. I got ALS in 2005. By June
2006 I went on full disability. We didn’t tell our family until that summer of
2005 because we were still in shock. Here is a picture of my team at FedEx. Memphis,