Simple glass doors, but they lead to an important facility – the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH.
If you just looked around, you might make the mistake of thinking it is just a bunch of seniors seeking medical treatment for a variety of issues. But, then I sat there for a while and heard parts of several conversations.
For instance, the man in the wheel chair pulling the oxygen tank served in Vietnam driving an ambulance from the battlefields to the medical tents so the wounded soldiers could be treated.
Or, the man with the pony tail and the cane who remembers several close calls when he was almost shot down piloting a Cobra helicopter pilot equipped with a machine gun and grenade launcher.
The man sitting across from him told the story of when he thought he had been shot because he was bleeding so badly. Then he realized that while he moved through the swamp over 100 leeches had adhered themselves to his body.
Or, the man talking about the fear of having his gun jam as he was in the middle of a firefight, and how one of his platoon drowned while crossing a fast-moving river because he couldn’t swim.
And, the man who stood guard at Checkpoint Charlie on the west side of the Berlin Wall carrying a gun with blanks while the Germans on the east side had guns with bullets.
Yes, they are seniors now. But, there was a time, when many still in their teens, they put their uniforms on, and put themselves in harm’s way because they were asked to by us.
Did you know that as of 2015 only 7.3% of all living Americans have served in the military – 1.4% female and 13.4% male?
I hope and pray the system of VA Medical Centers across the nation continue to assess and improve their programs so they can provide exceptional care for all these men and women who so selflessly served on behalf of the United States of America. 🇺🇸
These special doors are linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, April 19, 2018.