Ok so I know what your thinking. But just give me a few minutes to explain myself. I’m sure you all know, that my dad went to 9/11. He volunteered his time, his K9 unit, and will ultimately donate his life to the cause. Of course right now, he’s doing ok. He’s getting by.
He has constant pain in his neck from an old work injury…or that is putting it lightly, he broke his neck and is currently using a metal bracket and 6 metal screws to hold his neck in place. He has a constant cough and battles depression on a daily bases. He has nightmares and struggles to pay his way in life.
Yes, he volunteered his time. He knew what he was getting in to prior to going to 9/11 and putting his health in jeopardy.
But after watching a documentary about Guantanamo Bay, I was appalled to tears and knew then that every day that ticks by, I’m losing my dad, minute by minute. Guantanamo Bay houses some of the most deadliest terrorist of the world as well as some of the major masterminds behind 9/11. Congress was on TV ranting and raving about how the detainees are receiving top notch medical treatment and their facility is stocked with the latest medical machines out on the market.
And yet, my dad coughs up blood and can barely walk from breathing because he doesn’t have health insurance. Because he can’t afford it and even if he could, no insurance company would cover him because of a “pre-existing condition”. He has friends and clients who have access to K9 antibiotics. If his infection acts up, he takes his dog’s medication. He rationalizes this as “being just as good”. He went to the ER and left after 4 hours of waiting. Why? He can give you a million good excuses but being his daughter I know it’s 1 of 3 reasons…or all of them. #1 He can’t afford the ER bill #2 They will find something that they can’t cure or fix #3 He got tired of waiting.
Any of these reasons shouldn’t be allowed. This man saved lives, this man joined the Army years before any attack. Joined because he loves his country. Volunteered because he wanted to help his country and fellow American’s. But where is his country now? where are the fellow American’s now? They’ve all turned their backs on him. And the sad part is, there were so many who volunteered that fateful day. Don’t you think this country could pass a simple bill and give everyone Universal Health Care and help the people who are protecting the “common folk”.
Until then, I vow from this day forward, I will cherish every conversation, every minute that I get to spend with him. Because I know, he won’t be around as long as he is supposed to.
Note: The documentary I watched, “Sicko” by Michael Moore