My father was a Vietnam Veteran. He voluntarily joined the Army and went to
war during Vietnam as an infantry man. During his second tour, his personnel
carrier went over a landmine and he lost his right arm and leg. He never let
his disability control his life though. In fact, it was hard to remember
that he didn’t have all of his limbs because no matter what, he was
determined to succeed at whatever he put his mind too. For 20 years he owned
his own furniture business.
My father passed away on Nov 4 2011. He was 74 years old. He had been
diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year, but had been cleared six
months later for it being in remission. However, during Vietnam he had blood
transfusions and this gave him HEP B which laid dormant until a chemical in
chemo reactivated it while his immunity was low. He passed away from liver
and kidney failure. So, in the end, Vietnam still killed him.
He left behind my sister, my mom, and I. I’m in the Army today and soon I
will be deploying. My sister is trying to work for her dream of being an
artist. My mom is a pharmacist tech at walmart, which doesn’t make a whole
lot of money.
The problem is, my father had our home built ten years ago as a surprise to
the rest of us. When we saw it, all the rooms were already furnished and it
was, and still is, a beautiful home. It means so much to us because he had
built for us. However, my mom can not keep up with the payments on the
house. So not only have we lost a loved one, but soon we will lose a large
piece of what keeps him close to us.
Please, anything will help and will go straight into house
payments/mortgage. Thank you so much for taking the time to even read this.