Saturday, January 3, 2009


Today I had made plans to go out and test my now repaired camera, but a near friend if mine called me from the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Albuquerque. It seems he had been in there for at least two weeks and was lonely. So my wife and I drove up to Albuquerque to see him. By a happy coincidence his two sons also visited him today, so he was one the few patients who had visitors today. Two things were obvious: The visitor parking lots were nearly empty, and bored patients in hospital garb were aimlessly roaming the hallways nodding and saying hello to anyone they thought might stop and talk to them awhile. After a couple of weeks in a hospital with no one to talk with except nurses and doctors, and nothing to watch but mindless TV, it is easy to go insane!

So here is what you can do for our nation's defenders -- visit your nearest VA hospital or treatment facility today. You don't have to have a friend already there; there are lots of lonely vets and it doesn't take much effort to make a new friend. Bring a small gift --fresh fruits are always welcome-- it will help break the ice. But most of all, bring yourself, a friendly smile and an open mind. Don't forget those who defended your freedom!

( I know the Albuquerque VA Hospital is not in Valencia County, its just north a few miles, but almost every military veteran in the county goes there sometime.)

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