When classified news came across my desk at the Pentagon in 1972, I hid it from my people. It would be another week before they knew.
It was a scandal that involved officials violating public trust and abuse of power in order to maintain their positions of authority.
I had talked to our Commander in-Chief, Richard Nixon, three times while this was going on. He had awarded me a Certificate of Appreciation for my work during my 27 years in the Air Force.
He and I would be leaving Washington, D.C. about the same time.
I liked him.
I saw many things during my time in the military, but this would take the cake.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.)