Special thanks to the We Are The World Blogpost cohosts this month, Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo. It lifts me up to be part of this journey. Puts me in mind of the old song “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative…”
But now on to the main heroes of this story. Army veteran Jason Maddy inspires me. He spent most of the last four months handing out much-needed supplies to folks in Puerto Rico hit hardest by Hurricane Maria.What’s especially inspirational to me about Maddy is that, even though he and his wife must cope with his PTSD, he puts his own issues aside and focuses on helping others.
“Puerto Ricans are Americans,” he told NBC News. “They deserve help, they deserve support, and they deserve not to be forgotten.”
Maddy, who served in the Army from 2000 to 2015, came to Puerto Rico soon after Hurricane Maria hit last September, wanting to help in any way possible. He began by getting supplies to people in rural areas of western Puerto Rico, and soon launched the nonprofit organization Veteran Disaster Relief. Several other volunteers, who bring food, water filters, and medical supplies to people who still don’t have electricity and are living in structures considered inhabitable, have since joined Maddy.
For the full NBC news story, go to: