As most of you know CVA had a Rally for the mark of the one year anniversary of the PHX VA scandal. I was given the honor of giving the invocation and leading the pledge of allegiance. This was an honor because of my spiritual background, but also the fact that I was important enough for the local CVA to actually ask me to do it. It was an amazing experience for me. One, I am not the best public speaker and I was told I did an amazing job. So kudos to everyone that prayed for me.
As I sat behind stage I watched the CEO and local director watching other speakers on the stage. We had the Governor Doug Doucey which was great to see such a high profile figure supporting the VA and Veterans. His vow to make Arizona the most Veteran friendly state is a great statement and is a very bold promise to these veterans who many have lost hope in this system. But as I stood among my peers I realized where I was. I was in the place I never thought I would be. As a poor kid from WV to working with a high profile organization like the CVA I have finally bridged the gap that had always been there. Here I was sitting with Officers that I served with in the same military…Officers who have rose up and became advocates for Veterans and now run an amazing organization.
I want to thank all of the support that I have received from my brothers and family. Without them the things I do are not possible and compassion I have would not be seen. All volunteers or anyone that gives of themselves should live by this Passage.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
– Isaiah 6:8