SUBMITTED BY: Samantha F.
My father, Willie W. is 91 years old and a U.S. Navy Veteran, he is from Atlanta, GA. I’m his only child and I am 29, so most people would think he is my grandfather when they see us in public, but he does not act his age most days. He has a young spirit and was actively working in the construction industry up until about 6 years ago. My father served in the U.S. Navy 5th Batallion construction crew 1944-1945 during World War II. He served with men from various states, Oklahoma, Alabama, California to name a few. The first place they went to was the Hawaii islands, from there they went to Johnson island and several others and ended their tour on Luzon island in the Phillipines. He had at least one brother who was killed in military service and I thank God that he made it back home safely, or else I would have never been born and the world would have missed out on a wonderful person. He went into the construction business and became a builder, he built many residential buildings over the years in the Metro Atlanta area. In the late 80’s/early 90’s, he had a heart attack and other life issues happened and he went into a different kind of construction work, and by the time I was a teenager he ended up being a punchout man for subdivisions which is what he was doing up until 2005. He’s had a long life which I hope continues on for as long as possible and that he’ll get to see grandchildren at some point from me and my husband. He’s seen a lot of things in his lifetime and been through a lot of good and bad, and down to the core through it all, he’s stayed a good, kind person when some people would have become bitter and hateful by this point in their life. In recent years he has struggled to keep his home, I don’t think many people realize just how little help there is out there for veterans from the government. My father fought proudly for our freedom and now the government acts like he’s nothing special, just another random person in the world. We need to take a stand for our veterans as a country and give them more honor and assistance.