Because I work at the VA, I have the opportunity to work with a unique group of patients. One of the best parts of my job is getting to help take care of the men and women that have served our country.
During each test, the physician asks each patient what they did in the service. Their responses vary from cook to tank operator to para-trooper. Each story is a little different but each story is so important. We’ve had the opportunity to take care of several WWII veterans and two of them landed on D-day. One of them landed at 0830 and his story about how the beach wasn’t cleared yet (“it should have been but the boys in front of us met some resistance”) still gives me goosebumps. We talked a little about what he did in the service and it made me cry when he got choked up talking about his buddies that didn’t make it back and how grateful he was for having the opportunity to serve his country when they needed him.
Even if you don’t agree with the reasons behind all of the decisions of our military, please support the men and women who are called to protect us and our freedoms during times of peace and war.