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Fri, Oct. 18

Letter: Hard work, gratitude pay off


I am a Marine Corps veteran who was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps but has lived a dishonorable life to this point.

I have had repeated bouts with law enforcement, alcohol and drug issues and been ordered through extensive treatments, classes, AA, anger management and successfully completed the Dom programming at the VA twice. None of these programs kept me from relapsing because many of them enabled me to go right back out and use, knowing I had a safe place to fall. These programs do help some people, but not the percentages shown or Prescott and the U.S. wouldn’t have drive-through treatments everywhere. All these grant-funded programs welcome many of the same people over and over.

It’s basically the same with homelessness. I’ve also experienced that and I finally realized the problem. We have become a nation of takers instead of givers. Volunteers are scarce but the food line, mental health line, and the poor-me lines are long. The prerequisite for any program should be service to the community. When going to any rehab, food pantry or free clothing outlet you should have to work for it.

I realize there are extreme cases, but very few. We all have PTSD! Hard work and gratitude pays off! I am finally free from guilt, shame, anger and all the other lies I’ve been told so someone claiming to care could get a check at my expense. Get up, thank God for loving you and get out and love everyone else. We are what we tell ourselves on a daily basis. Today I’m telling myself I’m a great citizen!

David Waldon


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