Our digital media team receives many submissions to our email inbox. Some of our favorite mesages are the stories from Veterans and families who share how VA is directly impacting their lives.
One special story was sent to us this week from an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran named Joshua who is a patient at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. Joshua wanted to thank one of the people who helped him in Buffalo’s occupational therapy department.
Before leaving on a beach vacation, Joshua was fitted for a new wheelchair. During the family vacation, and thanks to the new wheelchair, Joshua was able to share a special moment with his 5-year-old son as they took their first walk on the beach together.
Joshua sent us his thank you note and a photo of that beach walk.
Joshua’s note had an impact on our team, and on the person he says helped him make this special moment happen.
“I was very touched when I saw Joshua’s message. As an occupational therapist I know first-hand how important a wheelchair can be to a Veteran so they can participate in day to day activities such as a family vacation,” said Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney. “I am very fortunate that the VA system is set up to allow the therapist to recommend and provide the right type of equipment to increase a Veteran’s independence. Helping Veterans like Joshua, have made my 28 years at Buffalo VA very fulfilling.”
Thank you, Joshua, for your service. And thank you, Lynn and the staff at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, for making such a special moment possible.