Jewish Journal

Heroes for A Hero

by Elie Lowenfeld, Jewish Disaster Response Corps

May 26, 2010 | 7:23 pm

For the past two weeks the JDRC has been working in Nashville, Tennessee helping individuals clean out there flooded homes.  There are thousands of homes that have been affected by the flood and during or time here we have been able top clean up over 20 homes.  There are many incredible individuals with moving stories of their life and the flood but there is one story in particular that I would like to share. 

Last week the JDRC worked with an Americorps NCCC team at the home of Mr. Henderson’s house.  We spent the day pulling out his walls, ceilings and floors.  At the end of the day Mr. Henderson was left with a shell of the house he used to call a home, and he couldn’t have been more thankful. Mr. Henderson gathered all the workers together at the end of the day to thank us.  Mr. Henderson told us that served in the US military for 15 years.  During that time he served in Panama, Somalia, and Iraq during Gulf War One, where he was injured a forced to retire.  During his service he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Start, by any measure this man is a war hero.  He said, as his eyes teard up, “I want to thank y’all so much for the work you did for me, and I want you to know that to me you are all heroes.  I will never forget you, and I will keep you in my prayers for the rest of my life.”  Mr. Henderson’s words reminded us all that the work we are doing is not just about cleaning up homes it is about changing lives.

Mr. Henderson talking to a group of Americorps NCCC members after they cleaned out his home.

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