Tuesday, June 03, 2008
They Still Contribute
Many stories abound of Vietnam vets who came back and could not function as the contributing members of society they would wish to be. I would like to write about two diasabled vets who who have been major contributors.
Bill Willoughby is a retired U.S. Army Major. He lost most of the use of his left arm in Viet Nam when he was shot. Bill has used his leadership skills and has become a major presence in the business world. He also founded the company I work for, so in effect, he's been responsible for my getting a paycheck for the past 16 years. He has made sure his employees have comparable benefits to the rest of the industry. And Bill has made sure that he has the leadership in place to insure that the company delivers the best possible product in the safest possible work environment. He has also served in a civilian capacity for the Secretary of Defense.
Dave Roever is a Christian evangelist who suffered major burns caused by a phosphorus bomb in Vietnam while serving in the Navy. He witnessed several other servicemen give up when their wives and girlfriends gave up on them. His wife never gave up on him, and neither did the Lord. I saw Dave Roever at the Promise Keepers event in Cleveland, Ohio in 2005. He's been serving his fellow vets along with telling men how to be leaders in their own home. Because of his war-time experience of service, injury and recovery, he is uniquely qualified to speak to the needs of military personnel.
These two, and others still continue to serve their country by serving their fellow man.