“Our Veterans deserve to be remembered…”
“Our Veterans deserve to be remembered; they deserve to be cared for; they earned that right….As Volunteer Director of We Heart Veterans, I run into these Veterans and their Widows on a daily basis. I want to share a recent meeting that I had with one such Veteran:
A few months ago I was referred to a client that was in need of We Heart Veterans’ services. After an interview with the Veteran it was determined that he did not meet the VA qualifications for assistance. This was an 85 year old gentleman that had served 4 years during WWII and survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I listened to the stories about his service during the war, and how he watched so many of his friends give their lives in service for our Country.
This man served his Country bravely during a time of war, then worked the rest of his life to provide for his family, and now, needed assistance to survive. Recently released from the hospital and facing the dilemma of his home care coming to an end. His wife of 50 years suffers from Alzheimer’s, and they have no family in town to call on. As I explain to him how he does not qualify for VA benefits, and that he will have to pay for any services out of his own pocket, he took my hand. He looked into my eyes and began to cry. He asked me in a very low and quivering voice, ‘We don’t have any extra money, so what am I going to do?’ If you and I don’t help our Veterans in need, who will?
Our Veterans deserve to be remembered; they deserve to be cared for; they earned that right. When I saw my mother’s name in our 501c3 document, I knew immediately she was proud of what we were doing here. I believe she is watching over our company now like she watched over me my entire life.”
~ John Sutton; Volunteer Director, We Heart Veterans