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As a military wife, I’ve come to realize a lot of things … that there’s a lot of uncertainty, there will always be changes and most of all — it is not for the faint of heart. Back then all I used to worry about was the moving/relocating. Getting stationed to different countries has its own perks, up until he gets special duties he needs to attend to. Sometimes even classes. The classes can take a few weeks up to a few months … and despite living on a digital age and being able to keep in touch, I still worry about his safety. Except all of those are nothing compared to his deployment. You can expect that my heart sank to a bottomless pit when I found out.
To date, my beloved airman is currently deployed and proudly serving our country in the Middle East. Every single time, I ask him the same question “How are you?”, “How is everything over there?”, “Are you safe?”, and the answers I get are the usual generic replies such as “I’m okay”, “Okay”, “I am” and “I just can’t wait to come home”. With all that being said … the worrying becomes second nature for me. All I could ever ask for now is to get my husband back … safe, at home, with his family where he belongs. I do not and cannot take anything for granted. Which is also another reason why I tell him all the time … even if it is redundant already, that I love him very much.
Throughout the years we have grown to love specific associations such as the Veterans Administration and Wounded Warriors. In fact, late last year we visited the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center and it is heart breaking to see the veterans over there. It made me see things in a whole different perspective. Same goes for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or also known as ALS – where the whole world was made aware of their cause through the ALS bucket challenge. Of course, I too participated and challenged my husband. Despite being countries apart, we managed to share our support.
The associations I have mentioned above are just a few of the many that helps our soldiers, veterans and their families improve their lives or assist them in keeping it together. Just like NMEDA – National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Let’s be honest, a lot of us take our freedom and mobility for granted. I know I do, or at least I used to. Up until I get really sick and needs a complete bed-rest, then I’d tell myself I’ll take better care of myself. Except not everyone can easily get back to their normal lives after a few days or weeks. Sadly for some, it is a permanent change. NMEDA and their members provides the best solution to allow those with disabilities take back their independence.
Unlike other services, NMEDA QAP (quality assurance program – ensuring the highest standards in mobility equipment installations) that guarantees a personal accredited dealer for all wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility equipment. They even have a 24-hour local emergency roadside services. No matter what the mobility challenge may be, NMEDA have dealerships across the US and Canada to provide service and solution – veteran or civilian.
For those who are able and are willing to help out the Vets, I always encourage them to reach out to the Veterans Administration office to find out how they can do so. Personally speaking, someday I will find a way to donate a wheelchair or maybe more if possible (through NMEDA) to a veteran in need.