I was to report to Bremerton Naval Ship Yard to the Naval Hospital where I was interviewed and examined by at Naval doctor. He gave me some big long medical term and said that I had what was called stress failure of the knee. Anytime my knee was under stress (this case a 12 hour forced march) I could find myself having issues with swelling and pain. Both knees were involved and he simply could not sign off on letting me go on to a ship for fear I might get trampled to death should an incident occur during general quarters. Sadly I was discharged from the Navy with an honorable discharge for medical reasons. I was not real happy about having to leave the Navy without having served. They said they could do surgery and replace the knees but it was a 50/50 chance I would be stiff legged after they were done so I opted out of the surgery. At the time I was told that I was not eligible for any benefits since I had not been on active duty so I basically got nothing.
Back to the reason for the trip to the old military base, now a Seattle park. Each year the CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America sponsors a fund raising walk of roughly 3 miles through the beautiful park that lies right next to Lake Washington, Seattle's biggest body of fresh water.
The family that own's the business that I work for, has several members who are living with this disease and they participate in helping the foundation raise money towards the hope that one day someone will discover a cure. We always support the family in this walk. We have gone every year since I started working for them.
While I was unable to do the walk because of my current health issues, I did go out of respect for my boss and his family. Mia and Zach participated in the walk and they were the first two walkers that I saw cross the finish line. We left shortly after they finished as we had some other projects to accomplish.
|Corvettes do attract the lookers|
|Chaplin's tent, Mr Chaplin in dark glasses to the right, you can see his head behind the lady with the red hair.|
|A large crowd gathered at our tent|
|Other tents on the way to the start line|
|The back side of our tent. Mia in the yellow coat and Zach with his back to you in the hat and grey sweatshirt|