A struggling Vietnam Veteran needs help
Organized by: Katie Joy
My friend Rudy is a Vietnam veteran – 66 years old and has been struggling with severe PTSD ever since. He and his wife reached out to me when I was about 12 years old. I was very quiet, shy and fearful. They loved me and reached out to show it. This was based upon reasons I couldn't tell – but it became clear years later that it was motivated by struggles in their own lives with children - some of whom had rejected them. One of whom Rudy had been ordered to kill in Vietnam who had a bomb. Cheri - at 64 - is dying. She has had ALS for over five and a half years, and is quickly approaching the end of the road. I don't know how long she has left. Rudy is really struggling emotionally and spiritually. He has battled severe depression for years – some from rejection from unkind people, most from the PTSD he still has from the war. He has been receiving miminal support from the VA – and has been deeply bonded with Cheri for decades. I also know things I cannot share, but lead me to doubt he'll make it through this without her. I cannot offer him much, but perhaps if some of us all pitch in a little we can more than prayerfully give to him. I'm about to lose Cheri, who was like a grandmother to me. I'm not ready to lose Rudy, but if that is also God's will for him, I will accept that. I just kind of wonder... if people rallied around financially to offer aid and support – could that help make any difference?