Almost all of the wounded we visited did appreciate the fact that we take the time to visit with them. There were a few that from the look on their faces are still a little in shock and/or pissed off at what has happened to them. Hopefully their outlook will get better in the coming months, and with the care they receive at these hospitals, support of their families and visits from organizations like Marines Helping Marines, it will get better.
I remember walking down the hall with Father Hanly and watching a small, young soldier walking down the hall into the rehab room and saying that some of them look like kids and this should not be happening to them. But it does. I remember what it was like to be 18 and in combat in Viet Nam. Even though I have been wounded a few times myself, I have not experienced anything like what I have seen during the visits made over the last year and a half.
We gave out almost everything that we took down from New Jersey. Having the extra Army blankets was a good idea. When one soldier was given a Marine Corps blanket and found out we had an Army Blanket left over, we graciously exchanged the blanket for him. The blankets, gift cards, calling cards, goody bags, F&FFFF applications and black folders were appreciated by all.
Again, it was a good visit and an even better way to spend a day; with the men, women and their families who have given so much of themselves for our country. There are a ton of people out there in the US of A, that have no idea how great these young men and women really are.
“Patriotism is not so much protecting the land of our fathers as preserving the land of our children” Anonymous
Eddie NeasSgtMaj/ USMCR/RET
PS: Hello all, this is Linda. I have had the privilege of accompanying the group on their latest trek to the hospital. Eddie asked me to put in my “two cents”, so here goes. Visiting our wounded is an honor and a privilege. I have to say that I am sure it does as much for me as it does for them, so I will selfishly make plans to go again. I walked away feeling good that I perhaps brought a smile to a face or an answer to a question. I was inspired by the positive and “can do” attitudes of most of the guys. There was even a little levity as one Marine commented, “Thanks for the foot powder” and then looked down at bilateral lower extremity prostheses, then looked at me and grinned. I want to thank the Detachment for allowing me to go and for making me feel that I was a part of them. They are selfless in their efforts and want no thanks. They care deeply for the wounded trying to heal; they feel their pain.
There are many more “old” stories that the Slattery “Ole Corps” did, but I’m going to have to stop here as I don’t want to bore our “new” members all in one newsletter. We’ll call this Installment #1. Look for the next newsletter for Installment #2. Thanks for reading.