This economy is causing all of us to look at our budgets. We see all of our costs rising, but our incomes are definitely not rising. We make a pinch here and a pinch there to try and make ends meet.
Our service organizations are also feeling this huge pinch. More and more people are trying to get help in their lives. One local organization, the Veterans of Foreign Wars in English, made a huge impact on the life of a local veteran's widow. This widow lost her leg and then lost her husband in the past few years to cancer. She was able to move her trailer to her sister's property so that she would have family near and to help with expenses. To help the process of moving her porch and deck, it was cut in two. She was not able to get it repaired so that it would be sturdy for her to maneuver with her prosthetic leg. She fell a couple of times and worried about falling every day.
I work for a non-profit organization named Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living. We try and help people with disabilities live more independently. I wrote many letters and made many phone calls to try and find someone to help. Commander Clayton East responded to my letter and took the time during the busy holiday season to gather a group of volunteers to go and repair this porch.
We want to take this opportunity to thank VFW Post 6160 Everett Mason Post in English for reaching out to help this veteran's widow. It was a wonderful act of kindness that makes this person's life easier. Where would we be without people like this in our lives?
Karen Fowler, Crawford County Outreach Coordinator for Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living
January 23, 2013