“I Can Do the Things I Like to Do”: Richard’s Pain Free Patriots Story

My name is Richard S. and I served in the US Marine Corps from June 22, 1964 to June 23, 1967. I was wounded from a bullet in my right shoulder. From there, I went to a rehab center in Okinawa and then I went back to the United States. 

What was the source of your pain?

A lot of heavy lifting through the years. I worked in the glass business, where there’s a lot of heavy lifting. I was told my body shouldn’t be doing the type of work I had. It started out with my back, and now my left shoulder. I needed some work there. Also, my knees gave me trouble. 

How did you hear about Pain Free Patriots?

I belong to the Order of the Purple Heart. A person came to the meeting and told me about the PFP program. I checked into it right away and was accepted into the program. I got a grant for six months.

What impact has Pain Free Patriots had on your life?

Pain Free Patriots has allowed me to continue to do things that I like to do. I like to walk, I like to bike, I like to fish. I was wondering, as I aged, if I was going to be able to continue to do those things. Pain Free Patriots has helped me. I started an exercise program that I go to at least three or four times a week. It has allowed me to do those things and keep my body in as good a shape as I possibly could.

Would you recommend Pain Free Patriots to other veterans?

Pain Free Patriots has helped me to have the lifestyle that I have today. I encourage anybody else out there who needs help to give them a try and see how it might change their life to a better quality of life. 

Support patriot grants for Richard and hundreds of veterans living with chronic pain. Become a sustaining donor today. Contact Pain Free Patriots at 952-746-3174.

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