- Posted August 7, 2013 by
Deer Park, Washington
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
Mr. President Barack Obama My Families Hero
We don't know if we passed a Fire Fighter Hero, Police Officer Hero, or a Paramedic Hero?
In the political arena we don't know if someone at one point in time passed a Senator Hero that was held in a prison camp or a House of Representative Hero who saved someone from being hit by a car.
When we are online we don't know whom we are talking to or what their real life experiences are? Sometimes we take for granted what they have told us is all of their life? We don't know if we are a suicide survivor who has saved a life and one day they pass that person and it is real. Their life is still with us.
I watch people and I analyze what they are like but never do I ever stand and put their lives down the sewer because I do not know their real life experience. We all have a story and our lives are a library. I admit in my life I have made mistakes. I don't know why I have PTSD because so much has happened. But I do know this when I asked for help from the President? He has had people work with us. When the person called and said hey we can lower your mortgage? To me the email I sent was heard.
I may not like all the Presidents moves or political choices? I may have said things about him that I probably should not have and those I am sorry for because when I cried out for help for my family he responded. I will admit that we didn't get much help but something is better than nothing.
When you walk around in life we don't know everyone’s entire story? I never pretend I know anyone’s story I would never tell someone you have to have something to work with or that your not alone. Some people are alone and a simple Hi or Thank You can make them smile. When their lives look like a brick wall a simple gesture can make all the difference in the world.
I am sure that when I wrote the President that there are keywords that get picked up and go to certain organizations. An example is I mentioned my brother’s suicide and the keyword that got picked up was suicide so a suicide counselor called me. The suicide counselor actually laughed because I am the last person you would think would commit suicide because I love life so much and if that counselor could of given me a job from home she would have.
I have pounded away on every door for help and I have posted allot of stuff as Ireports and people think I am asking the general public when I wanted the President to do something and you know what? When I voted for President the last time? My wife and I both agree we made the wrong decision. We both voted for Mitt Romney.
The President could help with lowering our mortgage a bit and that is good enough for me he answered my cry for help. There are some people that have gotten together and are holding a yard sale so that I can start a business at home with a company but I have to buy a domain name and build a blog. My PTSD limits me from leaving the house allot because I don't get sleep sometimes and I take medication for sleep but my anxiety goes through the roof. I put my brothers ashes in his plot and I have not returned in 2 years because of the anxiety that overcomes me. Going into town there are so many memories that it lights up my anxiety and I freeze up. I work with professionals to get a handle on it and they are helpful. But PTSD is a strange animal. I still every day I wake up smell the stench of death.
Being a stay at home daddy really helps. I get to be with my daughter and she is amazing. The President could not take the debt away or the garnishments but he did answer my cry and the next time I vote I will remember that he did help us. When I was filing for disability I was filing on the wrong page and he had some lady contact me and help me with that. Our President is my hero and yes I am a full-grown man saying that he is a hero because he did not ignore a family that needs help. Mr. President Thank You. You now have my full support and being an American I will remember that. I will remember the John Knightons of the world who died from cancer he got as a fire fighter. I did not know him personally but I know his wife from high school and he left behind a couple little girls.
I will remember the Medal Of Honor Veteran that was just recognized for his valor and is from my hometown of Spokane.
I will remember the Black Astronaut that passed away when his shuttle blew up over Texas that was from the Spokane area.
I know when to let my pride step aside and allow my gut feeling to take over and Mr. President I want to thank you for trying even if you didn’t read my letters its ok your administration is setup to help us Americans and that is what makes me proud to be an American. If you were allowed a 3rd Term you would most definitely get my vote no matter what scandals happened because your administration recognizes us.
It really is ironic though how a person can post a story and another people take it upon themselves like I was asking them for help? They are not the President and I know that if I write to the President and write a story about it? I'm talking to the President not anyone else. When I post about my brothers suicide I post about him first and let my own feelings fall in it does not mean I need help it means I’m sad I lost my brother the 5th person to die either by suicide or overdose close to me and then I had 2 terminally ill people pass ad they are my heroes and it makes me sad when I lose a family member. It does not mean I am reaching out to anyone else for help because they don't understand my circumstances and I would never expect them to know.
Today even with PTSD I'm proud to be an American because my President is a hero of my now as well.
In the picture he is right. Americans help Americans because that is what we do and Mr. President thank you for answering my call for help.