I want to thank the Roundup for the unexpected article written by Alexis Bechman with my son’s story. I am with the volunteer group Soldier’s Angels, and when I asked the Roundup for help with a Veterans Day fund-raiser, they went all out.
Soldier’s Angels is a nationwide volunteer group whose motto is “May No Soldier Go Unloved.” The group was founded by the mother of a soldier who was concerned when her deployed son told her there were a lot of soldiers getting no mail or packages for various reasons.
The word got out and soon volunteers found themselves helping meet needs for care and emotional support for the families of our soldiers to help ease their burdens during frequent deployments.
Soldier’s Angels today offers volunteer opportunities for simple tasks such as writing letters, sending get well cards and visiting veterans, making simple blankets or quilts, sending packages, to whatever level of involvement a person would wish. There are 1,300 of us here in Arizona.
I have chosen veterans’ needs, since there are 1.4 million active-duty servicemen and women today who will one day be veterans; there are currently 30 million veterans in America. I am in awe of the sacrifices of these soldiers, families and friends, both body and soul.
My son is permanently blind from his injury, but with a lot of volunteer help, his life is full and productive today. Without that help, what with the VA serving 30 million veterans, it’s easy for a vet to fall through the cracks. Particularly for a vet who is injured or ill, when the paperwork or just taking care of personal needs becomes exhausting.
Thanks to the people of Payson who are so generous, and who love your soldiers and veterans. You’re the best.