By Libby Lewis, CNN
(CNN) – Adam Worden met with a realtor last week – he’s hoping he can sell his house in Chesapeake Virginia, so it doesn’t go into foreclosure.
He’s one of nearly 3,000 career Navy sailors who lost their jobs as of September 1st.
The Navy terminated their contracts – some with years to go – to deal with the fact that it had too many sailors in certain jobs.
“I’ve lost pretty much everything – unexpectedly,” Worden says – “because everything I did depended on my contract.”
Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, told CNN the decision to eliminate the jobs of Adam Worden and 2,945 other sailors was agonizing – but necessary – because of record high retention rates.
The Navy’s allowed some of those sailors who lost their contracts to transfer to other Navy jobs, or to the Reserves – where they can continue their careers. And Garcia said the Navy has taken a number of steps to help the rest of them, including Adam Worden.
[4:39] “These are good sailors,” Garcia said. “We want to make this as soft a landing as possible.”
But about 300 laid-off sailors are suing the government. They say the Navy broke the law when they terminated their contracts.
[5:09] "They're leaving these 2,946 sailors behind," said E.W. Keller, the lawyer representing them in court.
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