Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

IN YOUR WORDS: Goodbye to a Hero

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

IN YOUR WORDS: Goodbye to a Hero

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He wasn't famous or wealthy. He didn't own a company or invent a technology or run for office. He was just another American, who served his country twice in Vietnam, then went on to spend the next 37 years caring for other veterans in Tuscaloosa. He lived in a trailer but sent his son to college. He was raised in racism but voted for a black man to become president. He was not a churchgoer but had deep faith. He struggled with emotional scars from the war but was wholly decent and kind. He fought diabetes, heart disease, finally cancer. He was found dead last weekend by his only other friend. Besides me, that is. He was my husband, then my ex-husband, but always, my friend.

He fought his demons, as we all do, but his at times were big and ugly. He slept on my sofa often over the years; my wall holds the certificates of service from his government. …

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