How far would you go in order to visit a loved one in a nursing home? One devoted husband was willing to walk several miles every day just so he could see his wife who is suffering from dementia.
“I don’t care if it’s raining, snowing, or what, I’m going to see my wife. Even if I have to crawl,” James Wright told WVTM 13.
“She’s always been there for me,” Wright said about his wife who he described as the most beautiful woman in the world.
Over the Memorial Day weekend this year, the 70-year-old veteran was discovered looking exhausted and slowly making his way down the road when an off-duty police officer spotted him. Lt. Charles Plitt shared the story on the Weaver Police Department Facebook page.
In the post Plitt described how he was driving down the road and witnessed the wind from a passing-by 18-wheeler nearly knock a man over. When Plitt stopped at a stop sign and waited for the man to cross the street, Wright held up a finger as if to say “give me a minute.”
Wright, who Plitt discovered had recently suffered a stroke, was determined to get to his wife, but admitted, “I tried, but I just can’t make it….I can’t walk no more.”
Plitt realized that the man would do anything to see his wife but need some help, so he offered the man a ride. While the two drove to the nursing home, Plitt and Wright chatted. Plitt learned that Wright served in the Army for 22 years during the Vietnam War, that his wife had dementia, and that Wright’s truck recently broke down so he wasn’t able to drive to visit her.
Plitt knew he was going against what he preached for so long, don’t pick up strangers on the side of the road, but he knew this man was different.
Plitt wrote that as the two pulled up to the nursing home, the veteran was extremely thankful and before getting out of the truck “with a burst of energy,” he happily pointed out his wife’s window and said how happy she’d be to see him.
After the off-duty police officer dropped him off, he thought about the incident all the way home. “These veterans deserve more recognition and commemoration than they get,” Plitt said.
“Memorial day is not a “holiday” by the standards or definition that society places on a holiday. Memorial day is a day of remembrance. It’s a day we honor and pay tribute to the many brave men and women who have fallen,” he said.
According to WVTM 13, the community is working together in order to fix Wright’s truck so he won’t have to worry about walking several miles a day just to see the love of his life.
You can watch a local news report of this heartwarming story in the video below.
— WVTM 13 (@WVTM13) May 31, 2017
(H/T: Sunny Skyz)