All of our veterans share our common experiences. Regardless of age and time period, we served.
What I found most difficult at times was my fellow vet’s who suffered physical injuries that resulted in loss of limb or brain traumatic injury (BTI). When I moved to Colorado, August, 2012. Did I start to hear about “Homes for our Troops” (HOFT) thru Facebook.
In 2012, I decided to follow HOFT and attended an event near Brighton, Colorado for Capt. Patrick Galvery, USMC. Patrick lost both his legs.
When I arrived wearing my Air Force Vietnam Veterans cap. People asked why I was there (I guess they don’t know our connection??)? I assisted for a couple of hour’s met Patrick, gave him a copy of the documentary film and we took a couple of pictures together.
My next event wasn’t till 2014 when I met Jason Halett, and his wife Rachel for the Key Ceremony. This was east of Greeley, Colorado. I shot some short clips that day.
Jason, little did I know they would have a family years later. The reaction was almost the same from non-veterans. While some veterans went about their way. Almost ignoring my presence. Your guess is as good as mine..
Here’s a couple of photos of Jason, Rachel and me.
I also want to include a couple of more photo’s; one of Mike Walker, Air Force veteran; loadmaster with C-130 Hercules that flew “Beans & Bullets” into Khe Sanh, January 1968.