Ed Needs You: Vietnam Veteran and Cancer Survivor

Clubs and Organizations

November 11, 2019

Ed served with the U.S. Army in 1968, the deadliest year of the Vietnam War. He spent the majority of that time engaged in intense battles in two of the most dangerous areas: the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Iron Triangle. And yet, somehow, Ed survived.

He made it back home where he learned that life after war isn't easy. Thankfully, his worries and struggles were made a little gentler with the love of his life, Shirley, at his side.

However, that warmth came to an end too soon when Shirley passed away. Ed was left to face more tough challenges in life – like cancer – on his own.

And, once again, Ed survived.

Even the strongest among us need help sometimes. And, when Ed broke his hip during an accident a few years later, he found himself immobilized and unable to drive.

That's when he turned to Meals on Wheels.

Since then, Ed's local Meals on Wheels program has helped keep him healthy with good food and nutrition, and the volunteers are a much needed break from the painful quiet of living alone.

"I haven't had one frown come to the door, it's been really rewarding," Ed says.

Ed isn't the only one. With your support, Meals on Wheels programs nationwide protect senior veterans from loneliness and hunger.

You can help the proudest American heroes keep their dignity and independence this Veterans Day.


Your gift will go to Meals on Wheels America, the national organization that helps support more than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels programs across the country.