Sue and I had are just winding down from our weekend road trip which started in Chicago, then Indianapolis, and ended in Springfield.
We had the pleasure of volunteering with some really excellent people this weekend.
In Chicago we had a volunteer, Candace, who was volunteering in the memory of her friend who was injured in Iraq and suffered from PTS. Hearing her tell his story brought me to tears. To make the long story short, he joined the military because he had no where else to go, he got injured in combat, and was even awarded a purple heart. Unfortunately , he just couldn’t cope with the effects of war, and took his own life.
Candace was fantastic. She actually had such a great time, and was so passionate about what we were doing that she came back and helped us volunteer in Springfield. It was pretty amazing.
In Indianapolis we were able to meet up with a friend, his wife and their 10 year old daughter Isabelle. They volunteered and Isabelle was THE GREATEST! Some of you may have seen Isabelle’s picture on the JohnMayer.com
official twitter. Her favorite song is Neon and she was certain he wouldn’t play it… But he did! She really was the happiest 10 year old ever!
In Springfield we had a volunteer who was an injured veteran. She was so amazing. Her story was heartbreaking and unfortunately so common to veterans returning home. She told the group of volunteers a little bit about her time in the Marines and the Army (that’s right, BOTH) and also gave us some really shocking facts. She said that Veterans DON’T have healthcare. Like most of us who have jobs and are offered healthcare benefits, they do not have that option. If they get sick they can’t just go to the VA as there are not enough doctors and without private healthcare, most cant afford to see a regular doctor. She was injured in combat and still has to wait to get the full treatment she needs from the VA. It’s just unreal. We really felt honored to have her with us.
To sum things up, John spoke a lot on stage this weekend about seeing so much good in his fans. There is no truer statement and we are still amazed at the opportunity to experience this first hand.
One last thing, after talking to Candace about her friend, she asked that we never give up on this cause.