My friend and confidant here at NACHI for several years.
A real man of integrity. A man who would stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
Many of you only know Jim from the sometimes caustic and sarcastic displays on this message board. Most do not know Jim for the caring and ultra-intelligent person he truly is. Believe me, there is no one I’d rather have in my corner than Jim Bushart.
Jim served this country in the armed forces for many years. For those who do not know, Jim was involved in the JAG Corps, and was involved in many legal proceedings. Top flight.
I knew that Jim had a son on active duty. I did not know what he did or where he was stationed.
Around two years ago, I recall Jim wanting a way to re-enlist in the armed forces, as a way to serve his country once again. His comments were that the government should allow those who are beyond active combat years to re-enlist and to find duties for these seasoned individuals to fullfill. He wanted to serve, once again. Somehow. Someway.
I was stunned.
But not nearly as stunned as I am after reading Jim’s resignation from ESOP.
Not because he has resigned, but WHY.
I am typing this with tears in my eyes.
For I speak to Jim at least once or twice a day.
We laugh and joke around. We speak of NACHI issues. We speak of inspections, and the industry.
I always like making Jim laugh.
I spoke to Jim yesterday and today.
At no time did he tell me he was resigning.
At no time did Jim mention his son.
At no time did Jim want to burden me with his personal issues and what he must have been going through.
My heart goes out to you, my friend. You are in my prayers, as are your son and his family.