Soldiers are taught to stand up for what they believe is right, so when one U.S. Navy veteran saw a group of young men abusing an animal, he knew he had to do something even though he was already handicapped and outnumbered.
Last week, veteran Garry Blough’s wife and baby were walking outside their apartment when they discovered three young men torturing a helpless freshwater turtle from a pond on the property. They rushed into the home and told Blough what was happening.
Without hesitating, Blough went outside and confronted the men, but when he turned to tell his wife to call 911, the three men started attacking him. Blough was already disabled and suffers from seizures, but after the attack, he was left with a badly injured eye, internal injuries from being beaten in the torso, head, and legs, and had fractures in his skull and face. Blough was rushed to the hospital but had to walk 1.7 miles home in excruciating pain because he had no car.
Yet his bravery didn’t go unnoticed in his community, and when his story was shared on the news, fellow veteran Paula Mongeon saw the story and decided to reach out to a local car dealership to see if they could help him. “I knew they would help this guy, I just knew it,” Mongeon said after the dealership agreed to donate a car.
Yesterday, the group surprised Blough with the new car, and he broke down in tears when he realized what total strangers had done for him. “A simple appointment would take all day,” Blough said. “To get on the bus to go to the VA for one of my appointments, or to take my daughter to one of her appointments, would take about four hours. Now we can go in just a couple of hours and we still have the rest of the morning.”
“No veteran should ever have to walk home from a hospital like that,” said military veteran Brenda Keith. “These guys are a godsend, this is awesome,” Blough said as he looked inside the interior. “I needed help and they (the car dealership) reached out to me.”
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[Featurured image: News-Journal/ Kellie Abernethy]