The two AME's I use for examples both retired as AME1's and are retired from other jobs. That means reg retirement, SS, 100% E6 disability tax free and their second careers. Friends I guess so but they have fewer scruples than I.Yeah, same wrt tinnitus. I can't hardly hear out of my left ear, and the tinnitus is worse in that one. Sometimes it wakes me up in the wee hours, not that I wasn't already chronically sleep-deprived. I listen to rain on youtube a lot of nights, and that does seem to keep my inner noise to a manageable level. Youtube normally times out after x-number of songs, but it'll play a single song that's 3-hours or longer just fine, 9 times out of 10.
Oh, and phuck the VA.
Besides, I did okay for myself as far as savings and all that, so more for the guys and gals who really need it. Including the ones with all the flight gear, but no rating.