Edward Steven Bernard A Veteran's Warrior
In Eddie's Honor
The Country Has Lost a Silent Hero
Edward Steven Bernard (Eddie) passed away two days ago. He had been exposed to Agent Orange. He died from complications of diabetes and heart disease. Gangrenous legs. An awful, painful way to leave this world.
The reason I call him a hero is his work with disabled vets. While living in New York, he worked with a military base to build housing and rehabilitation facilities for our disabled veteran's. He has provided wheelchairs, found dental care (something MUCH needed, They have no dental insurance.) Being aware of the alcoholism and drug abuse problems within that population., he wanted to build a half-way house, if you will, for vet's to overcome these issues and to offer educational opportunities.
Eddie had met almost all the recent Presidents, always championing our veterans, always concerned with their needs. In his last days he took in a veteran with no home, job or money. He allowed this man to live with him until the end paying for everything. Eddie had very little himself.
I met him through my mother who met him when she took my grandfather for care at The James Haley Hospital in Tampa, where vets can get medical care. One of the best in the nation. Pepaw needed a wheelchair and Eddie saw the situation. Pepaw got the wheelchair and my mom got a boyfriend. He was in our life for almost 8 years. Watching him pass was very difficult. We all gave him our blessings begrudgingly.
His non-profit was called Veteran's Creed. We do not know what will happen with it. When he passed he had an agreement with the government to sell them t-shirts with the profit to go back into the housing program. It is sad to see it end.
Our government has many responsibilities.
Those of us capable of helping each other must.
As we were taught to destroy
With the methods and power
Of our own engines of destruction;
So we can build a solid foundation
For each of us,
For the benefit of all of us
Because we believe that
Failure is impossible.
-Edward Steven Bernard
His funeral was lovely. He was cremated and National Cremation was wonderfull to everyone.
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