Stars & Stripes reports that SGM Richard Erickson was reinstated by an administrative judge from the Merit Systems Protection Board after he was fired by the Postal Service for “excessive use of military service”, whatever that is. He was fired back in 2000;
Garry Wade Klein, the administrative judge from the Merit Systems Protection Board, ruled Erickson must be reinstated and compensated no more than 60 days after the decision becomes final Jan. 14 pending no further legal action by USPS, which will have to follow the order even if it decides to appeal.
The legal proceedings have dragged on for years as USPS continued to pursue the case even after Erickson won two decisions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
When the USPS refused to reinstate Erickson in 2000, the father of three from Ft. Meyers, Fla., re-enlisted in the National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan as part of a Special Forces team. He has received over 35 medals and decorations, including three combat distinguished valor awards and the Purple Heart.
By the way, the Postal Service owes him over $2 million in back pay. And they have to pay his hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. They couldn’t fire Newman or Cliff Claven, but they thought they could fire a Guardsman.