Skip navigation

I recently learned that one of my oldest friends had fallen on very hard times. Paul and I were boys together–part of a whole pack of kids who inhabited the neighborhood we called home. There was a pipeline behind the houses across the street that was, for us, the earthworks of an ancient fort, with woods near enough to hide in with our toy guns while we waited to ambush our enemies. To us, this great big land was the entire earth and in it, we were kings and queens; generals and privates; special forces and infantry.

In those days, we were outside more often than not. Being made to stay inside was a terrible reckoning for some awful crime of which we were surely innocent. That is, unless we were testing our boundaries the way we would test the defenses of an opposing army.

In the decades following World War II, playing “army” or “war” was a given. Our parents and/or grandparents had either served in the war or were children while it raged. It was an area of regular discussion around the dinner table. It was infused into every facet of life in those grammar school days, even to the point of being a constant topic in comic books. The current generation might be forgiven for thinking they invented Captain America or The Avengers, or even Ironman, but the people who wrote the comics we read on an almost daily basis beat them to the punch by at least fifty years.

As children, we were those super heroes and villains; the conquering heroes and defeated enemies of wars fought in our imaginations and yards across our vast domain. We would split up into teams and the rules were simple. You got “shot” by someone from the other team and you were “dead” until you counted to a certain number at which point you became a new guy (or girl. Not many girls were soldiers, but Paul’s sisters sometimes were.)

Paul was, by far, the best soldier on any team that was lucky enough to pick him. He could do almost anything and was rarely shot by the other side.

And we were pals. When we weren’t playing army, we were exploring the wild and remote forests of our little world and swimming (or falling into) the streams and rivers that enclosed the kingdom we called home. Sometimes, our escapades were harmless. Other times we were probably lucky to survive; but as a kid, you don’t see it the same way as would a parent. What we shrugged off as a joke would later give us fits when we saw our own children in similar circumstances!

In time, my parents decided to move to another section of town and Paul and I eventually lost touch. His life headed in one direction and mine in another, but I never forgot about him. Every time I thought of those days and the games we played, his face would always find its way in front of my vision.

Flash forward a good twenty years, I came around a corner in a local grocery store and I saw this really big guy built like a Mack Truck in army fatigues standing on line with a basket of stuff. He seemed oddly out of place, but also oddly familiar. When he turned to look out the plate glass windows in the front of the store, I caught his profile and was stunned to find myself looking at my boyhood friend. Here was Paul, after all these years! And he was in the Army!

It’s funny how you can talk to a childhood friend as if you just saw them a few days ago. Decades pass but these people live on in your head, as attached to you as your own arms and legs. We talked for quite a while, filling each other in on the course of our lives. He was actually getting paid for playing Army and we both got a chuckle from that. The service suited him perfectly and he was happy to be part of it.

I didn’t hear of him again until his sister found my personal Facebook page and signed on. Jeannie and I chitchatted a little back and forth about the way things were back when and it was a good way (though limited) to be able to keep a finger on the pulse that was our childhood.

It was in this way I found that Paul was in a really, really tough spot. He had developed congestive heart failure and found himself in an emergency room during the holidays. He was frantic, not knowing whether he was going to live or die and desperate over what would become of his family. His wife is disabled and their son has special needs. Both require ongoing medical attention and Paul, the sole provider for his family, was helplessly staring at the ceiling of an ER.

As a civilian contractor working closely with the Army, training Special Forces, there simply weren’t enough hours in the day to make the money required to retain their home and pay the ever-mounting medical bills for his wife and child. And now this! His heart is only functioning at 10 percent of its capacity.

Jeannie told me how they are now living in a horse barn that doesn’t have the basic services most of us take for granted. A situation born of human frailty and an ill designed support system.

Paul recently underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker to try to regulate his failing heart. If that doesn’t work out, then he will go on the list for a transplant. We’ll know for sure in another month or so, but the doctors feel confident that, due to the severe cardiac damage, he will need a new heart. No one knows how he’s going to pay for it, or what will happen to his wife and son should all measures fail. They are already crippled by medical bills and their current situation.

Paul needs two things: a way to make the only home he can provide for his family into a livable space and help paying medical bills. This is where you can offer support. If you are reading this, you are already better off than they–and the majority of vets–are. Please click the link below and consider donating to the funds we’re trying to raise to defray these costs.

Paul has devoted his life to his family and the service of his country. Whatever your politics, this is a family who needs our help.



  1. Very interesting details you have remarked, appreciate it for putting up. “My work is a game, a very serious game.” by M. C. Escher.
    coach outlet

  2. I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for posting .

  3. I really enjoy reading on this internet site, it has excellent posts. “And all the winds go sighing, For sweet things dying.” by Christina Georgina Rossetti.

  4. I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thank you, I will try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

  5. Good write-up, I am regular visitor of one’s website, maintain up the nice operate, and It is going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time.

  6. I really like your writing style, fantastic info, thank you for posting :D. “In university they don’t tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.” by Doris Lessing.

  7. As soon as I discovered this site I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  8. I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

  9. I really like your writing style, superb info , thankyou for posting : D.
    coach outlet

  10. I dugg some of you post as I cogitated they were very beneficial invaluable

  11. I really like your writing style, great info , appreciate it for putting up : D.

  12. Great ?I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task.
    ugg outlet

  13. You could certainly see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “The only way most people recognize their limits is by trespassing on them.” by Tom Morris.

  14. Only wanna comment that you have a very nice website , I like the pattern it actually stands out.

  15. I got what you mean , thankyou for posting .Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. “Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public.” by Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno.
    cleveland cavaliers

  16. I think this site contains some real great info for everyone :D. “Calamity is the test of integrity.” by Samuel Richardson.

  17. I’ve recently started a web site, the information you offer on this web site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Never trust anybody who says ‘trust me.’ Except just this once, of course. – from Steel Beach” by John Varley.

  18. You are my aspiration , I possess few web logs and very sporadically run out from to brand.

  19. great points altogether, you simply won a new reader. What would you recommend in regards to your post that you just made a few days in the past? Any sure?

  20. Normally I do not learn post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, very great post.

  21. I like the efforts you have put in this, thank you for all the great content.

  22. You have remarked very interesting details ! ps nice internet site . “Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.” by Sydney J. Harris.

  23. Very interesting topic , thankyou for putting up. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” by George Ellis.

  24. I like what you guys are up also. Such intelligent work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site :).

  25. Some genuinely select posts on this internet site , saved to my bookmarks .

  26. I was looking at some of your articles on this website and I believe this website is rattling informative! Keep putting up.

  27. Some genuinely superb posts on this web site, regards for contribution. “A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.” by Jessamyn West.

  28. Hi my family member! I want to say that this article is awesome, nice written and come with approximately all significant infos. I’d like to see extra posts like this.

  29. I do accept as true with all of the concepts you’ve introduced on your post. They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too quick for starters. Could you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  30. I’m also commenting to let you know what a excellent encounter my cousin’s daughter had browsing your webblog. She mastered plenty of pieces, including what it’s like to have a great helping mindset to let many more effortlessly fully understand chosen advanced subject areas. You really exceeded visitors’ expectations. Thanks for providing these precious, trustworthy, explanatory and cool guidance on that topic to Lizeth.

  31. Thanks a lot for providing individuals with an exceptionally special possiblity to check tips from this site. It is usually very superb and packed with fun for me and my office peers to search your site at the least thrice weekly to learn the fresh things you have. And lastly, we’re certainly astounded with all the striking methods served by you. Selected 3 ideas on this page are ultimately the most beneficial I’ve had.

  32. My wife and i got so excited when Emmanuel managed to conclude his preliminary research with the ideas he got in your site. It is now and again perplexing just to always be giving away guidance that other people could have been selling. And we all see we’ve got the blog owner to be grateful to because of that. The entire explanations you have made, the simple blog navigation, the relationships you aid to foster – it is most awesome, and it’s really letting our son and our family reckon that this theme is entertaining, which is certainly seriously pressing. Thanks for all!

  33. Thanks for your whole efforts on this site. Kate really loves engaging in investigations and it’s really easy to understand why. My partner and i know all of the lively tactic you present invaluable suggestions via the web site and attract contribution from some other people on the idea while my princess is really being taught a whole lot. Take advantage of the rest of the year. Your conducting a really great job.

  34. My husband and i felt so delighted Michael managed to finish up his preliminary research using the ideas he was given through your site. It’s not at all simplistic just to choose to be giving for free instructions which people today have been making money from. And we also fully understand we now have the website owner to appreciate for this. The specific illustrations you have made, the simple blog menu, the friendships your site help foster – it is mostly excellent, and it’s assisting our son in addition to us reckon that this idea is excellent, which is certainly particularly serious. Many thanks for all!

  35. Thanks so much for giving everyone such a memorable opportunity to read articles and blog posts from this website. It can be very useful and also packed with amusement for me personally and my office peers to search your web site minimum thrice a week to learn the fresh tips you will have. Not to mention, we are certainly fascinated considering the cool information you serve. Certain 2 ideas on this page are truly the finest I have had.

  36. I precisely desired to say thanks once again. I am not sure the things I would’ve sorted out in the absence of the points shared by you relating to such concern. It had become an absolute traumatic situation in my circumstances, however , coming across your expert manner you resolved the issue forced me to jump with gladness. Now i’m happier for this help and as well , hope you really know what a great job you happen to be putting in instructing most people using a web site. I am sure you have never encountered all of us.

  37. I want to convey my love for your generosity supporting visitors who require help with this important content. Your special commitment to getting the message all around turned out to be wonderfully functional and has constantly enabled ladies just like me to reach their goals. Your amazing important publication means much a person like me and especially to my mates. Thanks a ton; from each one of us.

  38. I just want to tell you that I am new to weblog and seriously loved your web page. Probably I’m going to bookmark your website . You amazingly come with really good articles and reviews. Thanks a bunch for revealing your blog.

  39. It抯 laborious to seek out knowledgeable people on this subject, but you sound like you know what you抮e talking about! Thanks

  40. I wanted to type a brief word to be able to thank you for those wonderful tips and tricks you are placing at this website. My extensive internet look up has at the end been recognized with awesome strategies to talk about with my neighbours. I would declare that most of us visitors are extremely lucky to live in a good community with very many marvellous professionals with insightful methods. I feel somewhat lucky to have used your webpages and look forward to really more thrilling times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

  41. I have to voice my love for your kindness giving support to women who require help with in this situation. Your special dedication to passing the message along has been pretty insightful and has continuously allowed many people much like me to achieve their targets. Your own informative advice can mean a whole lot a person like me and even further to my mates. Regards; from everyone of us.

  42. Hello there, I discovered your website via Google whilst looking for a related topic, your web site got here up, it seems to be good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  43. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks and Digital Signage, and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks and Digital Signage. MetroClick, 121 Varick St, #301, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  44. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at, 121 Varick Street,3rd Floor,New York, NY 10013,+1 646 205 3214

  45. Great goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just too excellent. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful website.

  46. A person necessarily help to make seriously articles I would state. That is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to make this particular put up amazing. Wonderful activity!

  47. There’s noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made sure good points in options also.

  48. I believe you have mentioned some very interesting points , thankyou for the post.

  49. I am just writing to make you understand what a fabulous encounter our girl undergone browsing your web site. She figured out so many details, not to mention what it is like to possess an ideal teaching style to let a number of people very easily fully grasp various problematic subject areas. You undoubtedly did more than visitors’ desires. Many thanks for supplying these beneficial, safe, revealing not to mention unique guidance on the topic to Julie.

  50. BLOGTITLE is actually a terrific and helpful piece associated with info. I am glad that you choose to shared this useful information with us BLOGURL! Please stay us modern like this. Thank you for expressing. NAME

One Trackback/Pingback

  1. By versace on 25 May 2017 at 3:10 pm


    You are my inspiration , I possess few web logs and occasionally run out from to brand.

Comments are closed.