A long time ago (August 2003) in a land far, far away (Columbus, Georgia), my job sent me to Defensive Tactics School to become a certified defensive tactics instructor for the Customs Service. Already on the Customs National Pistol Team as per merit, already a firearms instructor as per winning a gender discrimination case, I sought this final level as the means to promotion. All other firearms instructors got their promotions. Then, with this new instructor position, these employees also received their promotions. Although I did not enjoy equal success, I could not give up trying. In this far away land, the 16 of us in class trained at 100% force. Being the only female, I needed to work twice as hard as anyone else. Paired according to size, a young man of short and stocky stature became my regular sparring partner. I know he hated it, working with The Girl. One day, punching blisteringly hard, he kept sending me across the room and into the padded walls. The instructors told him to back off. Several times. I took the beating silently, stoically. There is a time to speak out and a time to just shut up. Maybe that training session tore up my elbows, I couldn’t say which event in the first week did me in. But, by the time I came back to my Port, within weeks, I needed to see a doctor. Thinking the stinging in my elbows would dissipate, I said nothing for those first weeks back from Georgia. Turns out, the tendons ripped fully from the bones. Even with surgery, I will suffer disability forever. My arms did not fall off, but I will never shoot competitively again. And, the federal government provided this medical care for my elbows. Any ranting, raving, poignant remarks I make regarding health care/ federalizing health care come from personal experience. The people handling my work injury health care issues, and it did not stop with the elbows, did not/ do not possess medical degrees. Most of the people dealing with my disability issues, all of them work injuries, earn their living as federal clerks, not doctors. These claims examiners also change up every year or so, rotating different desks in order to round out their experience base to help their promotion options. This is our nation’s health care future, not just work related injury medical issues. Clerks will decide your fate, doctors will no longer determine much, if any, of our medical well being. And the wait for approval for anything…. We will all be dead.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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