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Where Hope Lives

I’ve had the honor to speak to three groups of caregivers today at the Memphis VA Hospital. Nurses, physicians, and other clinical caregivers.

This hospital is one of three major spinal cord injury VA hospitals in the country and these are very special people. One nurse I spoke to said she’d been trying to retire for years, but the calling she reponds to simply won’t let her retire. Dedicated to helping treat spinal cord injuries, both from battlefield injuries to MVA’s, they were all remarkable and caring.

I think what is most remarkable, is their ability to take our soldiers who are injured, both male and now an increasing number of females as well, reflecting the diversity of our armed forces, and treat them not only from a physical, but psychological and emotional basis.

Most of these soldiers who sustained injuries on arrival felt as though their lives were over because of spinal injuries sustained. Through both physical and spiritual therapy, they enable these young men and women to overcome their injuries and enjoy life again.

Our brave injuried soldiers have paid the ultimate price for their healthcare, a price that we hope to never have to pay. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to speak to these caregivers who take care of the broken bodies of America’s finest and restore hope to their lives.

In the face of such injury and destruction, it’s good to know there are places like this where hope lives and can renew the lives of these soldiers who receive compassionate care… and hope for the future.

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