Most of today’s news is negative and overlooks some of the great things individuals are doing. Many of the great things being done by individuals, which are never given the recognition that they deserve. Since Memorial Day just passed, we will look at two individuals that are doing great things for our troops.
Getting a hand-written letter always carries importance to the receiver but means even more when you are across the world and putting your life on the line every day. Allen Cooper is 98-years-old and has been writing letters to random soldiers since World War Two. She reported that she has written close to 7,000 letter to troops in the past six years. Every letter is different and she makes sure that each letter is at least four pages long.
She still writes letters daily and wants the letter to give soldiers comfort while they are overseas. Even at 98-years-old, Cooper does not plan to stop writing letters and will keep doing it until she can’t. She is motivated by family members who served in past wars and wants soldiers to know that someone cares. The motivation and compassion that Cooper has is more than most the people half her age.
The second individual is Ed Nicholson and he has used fly-fishing are a support mechanism for disabled veterans. Nicholson has assisted with the recovery of thousands of physically and emotionally injured veterans since starting the program in 2005. “Project Healing Waters” is operating in 49 states and several foreign countries and is up to 211 chapters. The 211 chapters offered help to nearly 7,500 veterans in 2015.
Nicholson, a retired Navy captain, does not allow any disability to hold back a veteran from participating in his program. The impact from Nicholson’s program is felt by more than just the participant. The families of the veterans benefit from the program when they see their loved ones start acting like they did before their service.
Nicholson says that hearing these stories from families are the greatest reward because that is when he knows his program is meeting its goal. The program gives veterans a purpose and takes focus off the sacrifices they made for our country. The skills and experiences they receive from the program give veterans an escape for when they are down and gives them something to be passionate about.
The stories of people doing amazing things for the ones giving up the most should not be overlooked. People often do not think that they can do much for soldiers or veterans but something as simple as a hand-written letter can bring hope to our soldiers. These people are doing things that is not always convenient but are contributing to something bigger than their selves. If these types of stories do not motivate you, hopefully they make you thankful for the ones protecting our freedoms.
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(May 30, 2017)