T'was the night before Christmas, he lived all alone in aone-bedroom house, made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live. I looked all about, a strange sight I did see: no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand; on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, it was dark and dreary. I found the home of a soldier, at once I could see clearly. The soldier lay sleeping; silent, alone, curled up on the floor, in this one-bedroom home. Not how I pictured a US soldier. Was this the hero of whom I'd just read, curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed? I realized the families that I saw this night, owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight. Soon 'round the world, the children would play and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day. They all enjoyed freedom, each month of the year, because of the soldiers like the one lying here. I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home. The very thought brought a tear to my eye; I dropped to my knees and started to cry. The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, "Santa, don't cry. This life is my choice. I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more; my life is my God, my country, my corps." The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep; I couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I kept watch for hours, so silent and still, and we both shivered from the cold night's chill. I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night, this guardian of honor, so willing to fight. Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure, whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure." One look at my watch and I knew he was right, "Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."
Author: A peace keeping soldier stationed overseas
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Delivered furniture to five Veterans
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Received 33 new cases
Added 35 new Veterans and families to the system
Current active cases-50
Furnished apartments for 4 Veterans
Delivered 2 free electric power chairs to Veterans
Installed grab bars
Continued to assist Veterans in finding housing
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Continued to assist Veterans access care both in and outside the VA
Transported Veterans to and from shopping and medical appointments
Trained new volunteers
Processed 5 – 10 phone calls per day on various inquiries
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Obtained grants to modify the bathtubs of two Veteran widows and one Marine Vietnam Veteran
What exactly do we do?
Provide transportation to medical appointments
Help with mobility equipment
Offer vetted resources for Veterans
Suits for Veterans and much more
Areas We Need Help This Month
Wheelchair & Scooter Repairs:
We tend to receive many donations of wheelchairs and scooters, along with requests to distribute them back to Veterans. We currently have ten in stock and need someone in Northern Colorado to check them out, replace batteries, and clean them up. We will pay for all the parts.
Collection of Vietnam Memorabilia:
We know a widow wanting to sell her late husbands’ business artifacts and other items from the Vietnam era. He was an Army tunnel rat and made a 25-year business out of this. He has over 100 tubs and boxes of items. Call our office at 720-600-0860 if you might have an interest in the entire collection.
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