Vietnam Veteran

When I was in high school I was a member of our high school’s FFA chapter. Every other year we would go to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky (It’s in Indianapolis now). Well the first year that I went one of the guest speakers was a Vietnam veteran who was SEVERLY wounded. He was disfigured and he only had a few fingers and a couple of nubs left on both of his hands as a result of a bomb going off near him in battle.



He said that while he was lying in his hospital bed he was thinking to himself that it would have been better off for everyone back home if he had just died in the explosion. He had his mind set that his wife would no longer love him due to his disfigurment and all of his battle scars. He didn’t want to be dependant on anyone just to maintain a “normal” life and he knew he would have to if he made it home. So as he told us, he made the decision to pull out the IV that was basically keeping him alive. As he was lying there waiting to die, he started to get really hungry. It had turned out that he had pulled out his feeding tube. He took that as a sign from God that He had something bigger planed for this gentleman. He went home and lived as “normal” of a life as he possibly could considering his “condition.”



At the end of his talk with us he sat down at a grand piano and played a piece by Mozart (I believe that was it) and got a standing ovation from several THOUSAND FFA members from around the country. This is just one example of how people make lemonade when they are dealt a bunch of lemons in life.







4 Responses

  1. Oj JJ What an inspiring post for this morning! It is sad to think that people who consider taking their own life think it is the answer. So sad. What a tribute to this gentleman. It just goes to show you you never know how your actions or responses will affect someone. “Be kind to all, for you never know who they will become” hmmm THat would be a quote from Trainwreck! hahaha ( It just came to me as I was commenting here!) My head is so full of stuff!

  2. This is a beautiful post! I bet the whole FFA was inspired, not to mention deeply moved. I’ve known some Viet Nam Vets, And Irag Vets…very sad to witness their pain, their mental suffering too, but such a joy, such an inspiration when they can pull themselves up beyond their own expectations and thrive~despite their limitations, as we see them.

  3. What an inspiring man! He obviously had a positive impact on you.

  4. What a delightful story! I love learning from the wisdom of those who have put their lives on the line. They have such a greater understanding of what is important!

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