Getting back the confidence and security I need to do my job

By Doug Morris on Sep 21, 2017 2:02:41 PM

My name is Doug Morris and #thisismyknee

Every day, I work to ensure that the helicopters are safe to fly for our men and women in uniform. I did 13 years in the military before getting medical out for bad ankles - now I am lucky enough to have worked on Apache and Blackhawk Helicopters as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Reserves for the past 23 years. The aircrafts were first used by the U.S. Army in the 1980s and require regular maintenance to ensure the pilot and co-pilot can do their jobs. Keeping them in mission ready status requires intense focus, precision, and a bit of lifting and climbing; all of which were never a problem for me until a few years ago.

That’s when I began experiencing intense pain in my knee. Even a quick climb up the ladder to do an electronic systems check became a struggle. I was distracted by the pain I experienced with every step, and I was also concerned about my safety. I decided to make a change and consider knee surgery.

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