We tackled Shorty’s idea of reclaiming our humanity. It’s all about developing one on one relationships with one another and building communities.
Prepping may be similar in many ways for those with disabilities because we all need storage food and various survival supplies. But no one can survive alone. We each have unique talents to help meet one another’s needs.
Shorty firmly believes that we must come together and rely on one another to move forward. There needs to be a healthy give and take as we help one another.
We sometimes don’t realize what impact we have on one another. Shorty was pleased to discover the neighbor boy across the street thought of him as a cool friend. All he did was live his day to day life.
We also talked about how important it is for people with disabilities to develop and have useful skills. A few days ago Shorty sent me an article that illustrates this clearly. It’s entitled “War Vets Turn to Organic Farming for Mental Health Instead of Drugs”.
It’s shocking, but the suicide rate among returning veterans is higher than the daily combat rate of deaths. The Farmer Veteran Coalition offers a way to give veterans both purpose for living and a useful occupation that provides benefits to the rest of us.
You can hear Shorty’s passion when he speaks. He’s highly motivated to do what’s right for others because that ultimately helps him, too. I have no doubt he’s making a positive impression on many more than his neighbor boy.
If you’d like to contact Shorty, he has a new e-mail address. It’s strongvet(at)gmail.com. Replace (at) with @ in the e-mail address.