45 years ago my father was severely injured in Vietnam. He was part of the 1st Armored Calvary. The lone survivor when his tank rolled over a landline. Within a 18 month time span he worked through his paralysis and went to college. He worked for TGE Department of Veterans Affairs for many years helping his brothers. Volunteered with Special Olympics, DAV, American Legion and would bring his homeless brothers home for meals and showers. My father battled PTSD and the constant pain of his injuries my entire life, but with his generous heart would give away his last dollar.
13 years ago he suffered a brain tumor and lost his ability to walk. After surgery he became a residents at the VA community living in DC. He needed 24 hour care. But still positive. He assisted many a younger soldier with paperwork and positive pushing to get better and live their lives. 11 years ago he suffered a heart attack and pushed back again finding solace in painting and ceramics. 3 years ago his seizures returned with one so bad it paralyzed his right side temporarily. His stubborn nature refused to let it win. Again went back to helping.
Today we were told his cancer was inoperable and the removal of his bladder was not an option since he is so weak. Now I see the light fading in his eyes. The fight weaker then I have ever seen. What I would love is help to make his bucket wishes come true. A trip to the mountains he loves so much, to see the waves he misses so much, take him to his favorite restaurant, to see the football game he keeps talking about, the antique car shows he adores, to make his days happy and make him smile. The medical bills will always be there. Honestly we have always paid things slowly and gotten rid of them. I truly would appreciate any help people could give to help me make him smile the way he has done for countless Vets, the disabled kids he worked with and the normal everyday Joe who he befriended on the streets. Making these wishes come true would mean so much to someone who.has helped so many.