As a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, I am overwhelmed with appreciation and joy for the services I have received from Veterans Affairs. With the VA receiving grief and ridicule from all sides because of the mishaps of a few, it is unfair to those who exemplify the word “duty.”
How does one get re-accustomed to a normal life after several tours in combat zones overseas? I can say that my fellow veterans and I are doing this with the love and support of the VA’s professional caseworkers and programs such as recreational therapy. I have enjoyed my experience in a creative writing class led by a volunteer. I am grateful to my family and VA personnel for helping us veterans return to our lives. For this we are forever indebted.
My VA support team has been there to console me in my time of need, even if it meant simply holding my hand or giving me a hug. They are unsung heroes who put their lives on hold for me.
Jules Harris, Hamilton