I didn’t think anyone wanted a one-armed HVAC technician.

After coming home from overseas, it left me with a disability.

I had lost my left arm in an accident.

It had nothing to do with war, but a silly accident because I wasn’t paying attention. I was working on industrial HVAC equipment and not paying attention to where I was walking. One of the other workers yelled caution, but I had my headphones on. The next thing I knew, I was waking up in a hospital with an arm missing. When I came home, I didn’t think anyone would want a one-armed HVAC technician. I could still do my job and had trained myself to work with only one arm. It wasn’t a simple task, but I had to do it. With a lot of rehabilitation and even more guts, I was finally going to be a member of society again. I went to the local HVAC company, and they greeted me like I was a war hero, but I was just a screw-up and I explained what had happened to my arm. The owner of the HVAC company asked if I could do my job, and I asked him to let me prove it. He took me on two HVAC emergencies and refused to help me. I repaired the furnace and had it running in record time, in both instances. I knew he was hesitant to hire me when he asked if I had learned any lessons after losing my arm. I told him I learned how to work with one hand, and to never wear headphones when working around industrial HVAC equipment and sloppy workers. He still hired me.
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