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The "why" of service

Posted by Give an Hour Admin on November 4, 2016 4:05 PM EDT
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In my work as a volunteer Clinical Psychologist for Give an Hour, I am often asked , “why do you do it”. My answer is always the same: it comes from a Robert Browning  poem, “Those who have survived war, deserve to do well in peace.

- Arnie Marks, Psy. D, LCSW

Those with the invisible wounds of war deserve our Nation’s best efforts at helping them find their way to Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

In the many years that I have provided care for our veterans, I am constantly reminding myself that these men and women have already paid up front for their care by their service to our Nation. They have signed a blank check payable to the United States of America; we in turn have cashed their check and sent them to foreign shores to provide peace and security to our world at great risk to themselves.

We can offer no less than our best care to insure that our service members find their way home. As Robert Frost reminded us in his poem Death of a Hired Man, "Home is where, when you go there, they have to let you in." The answer to my WHY, is to insure that we find a peaceful way home for our Warriors.

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