Seventy-year-old Army veteran Bob Long may be homeless, but he and 13 other veterans at the Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter in Winder this week are having a good Christmas.
Long, a Vietnam War vet whose 17-year sales career was sidelined by a stroke, has another reason to celebrate.
When he arrived at the shelter on May 21, he had been in a wheelchair for three years. But as Christmas drew near last week, he was back on his feet, totally mobile, and moving around the two-story shelter on King Street with the energy of a much younger man.
A social worker in the area referred him to the Winder facility.
“She said he’s a nice guy who needs some place to go,” said the shelter’s executive director, Fawn Alexander.
Added board member Jamie Keyes, “It’s been a joy having him here.”
The only lingering effect of Long’s 2010 brain injury is a slight speech problem.
Barely noticeable to anyone but him, it certainly doesn’t stop him from answering the shelter’s phones from 7 a.m. each morning until 2 p.m. each afternoon.
“I’m trying to get my speech back together,” he said.
Asked what the shelter’s care over the past seven months has meant to him, Long responded: “It’s fabulous. It’s sensational. It’s a great situation for someone who is homeless.”
For the full story, see the Dec. 24th issue of the Barrow Journal.
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