Testimonials to Our Vision from Those Who Know
For all of our readers. This note was handed to one of our Peers from a very sincere sixth grade student:
THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY!
I would like to thank you for serving our country, keeping our nation free and for all the sacrifices that you have made. I have a lot of cousins that are in the Navy right now The willingness of America's Veterans like you, to sacrifice your life and your time with your family, I give you my thanks. I will have gratitude forever because of the cost that you paid for our nation's freedom. Because of you, I know that I will always and forever be able to pursue my dreams. You are so very brave and will always be a hero to me. I know that I will be forever grateful for how much you have inspired and encouraged me. Your unselfishness, courage and your willingness to protect our freedom...there are no words to express my thanks and my gratitude.
From the bottom of my heart,
Grace B., St. Joseph's School, Vancouver, Washington
It is every Soldier's honor to serve our great country and her people. Your care packages made that service that much more rewarding. All the Soldiers here thank you for your care packages. It is very rewarding to see such tangible examples of your gratitude for our service. As we answer our nation's call, it gives us strength and personal satisfaction knowing our efforts are noticed by you. We would love to send you pictures capturing the many Soldiers enjoying your care packages but there are restrictions on pictures outside the command. We trust you will enjoy a lasting satisfaction that your kindness touched every Soldier's heart here. Thank you!
On behalf of the Task Force 51 Commander and all the Soldiers,
Chaplain (LTC) Douglas L. Prentice
Thank You for starting this organization for our fellow vets. Many are reluctant to go directly to the VA for help or even a national service organization. Your organization provides an alternative and a bridge.
When first arriving in Florida I was amazed at how many vets there were. I eat at the country clubs a lot and have had many conversations with fellow vets and their spouses. It is AMAZING how many have not filed for benefits they deserve. Several of their wives have commented to me when their husbands go for a bathroom break that the husband is having a terrible time dealing with their WW2, Korea and Vietnam service and the wife does not know what to do.
I try to steer the conversation subtly towards the mental health issues that vets have when they return and often hear the reply, "the VA is all screwed up" and don't want to get involved. My opinion is it is just one of the many excuses we can make up when we are in denial of needing help.
It is frustrating and heartbreaking to see them going through this, and especially on the wife's part. I do what I can. A few have responded positively when I suggested how to file for a claim, etc. I wish I were close enough to you guys to volunteer! Anyway, we do what we can to help our brothers in arms... Who could better understand them... Sorry I have rambled on. Thanks again...
Semper Gumby. John B., USMC, Vietnam 1970
I'm proud to tell you that after a long hard battle I will be moving back into my home in July. My wife and I completed all of our counseling and have been on a path to building a better marriage. Everything about our relationship has improved. I can't tell you enough how much I have changed since I first met you. I feel like a completely different person. I feel like I got a restart on this thing called life. I can not thank you enough for your support.