I want to thank AOW, TMW, Warren and many others. I can honestly say I have never been happier in my life. There were some potholes, but each and every day is a pleasure. Those who I mentioned and many others were friends in every sense of the word. I didn't arrive to this happy place without many wonderful coworkers, friends and family. No man is more blessed than I am.
The truth is I am blessed with a job I love. I get to serve the American people each and every day. There are those who love the criminal cases, national security cases, but for me there is no greater joy than seeing ordinary couples starting a new life or reuniting parents with children. I can think of no job I would rather be doing. I feel honored to share tis moment and let the first official experience with the US government be a pleasant one. In Vermont people would not even know who helped them and in many cases I went above and beyond the call of duty to find the missing piece of a puzzle. In NYC the people know exactly who you are and most appreciate it.
I may have conveyed this story so those of you who read it just ignore it. A serviceman serving abroad made an error in his application. His case went around in circles for three years. He wasn't able to get his problem fixed when his file was tossed on my desk. In my typical style I explained the situation to peers at the top and crossed my fingers. I was shocked when the serviceman and his attorney were at my desk. He was on leave from combat and I explained exactly how the error occured and what we are doing to remedy it. The attorney said for the first time in three years I feel confident. The situation had some minor glitches, but top bosses got me expert help in some areas. Top management agreedto cut some red tape as the person lived in an adjacent district. The top boss said " there are times that things become top priority
and aiding servicemen in combat zones when they seek our assistance is at the top of the list."
I recieved a letter of thanks from this serviceman. I forwarded it to my top boss with a memo
thanking him for assisting me with this project.
Most people hate going to work. For me it is a pleasure and a unique challenge each and every day. Other than the time I spend with the Tranquil Sea and the beloved Sprite I can think of no greater pleasure.