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Old 02-27-2016, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Met Mack Gwinn, Jr.

My father in law is a 90yr old veteran and has been staying with us for the last 9 months. His dementia has gotten much worse over the last few weeks so we had to make the tough decision to take him to the VA in Togus. He's been there 2 days.

Well I kept seeing this other veteran in the hallway and talking with him. One of the guys on the staff told me I ought to google him, so I did and was amazed at what this guy has done.

https://www.mgi-military.com/index.php?id=29

He kept coming up to me and telling me that all he wanted was a good steak and a cold beer. I'd love to sneak that in for him, but know how much trouble I could get him in. Unfortunately, Mack's mind is such that he doesn't even remember any of the incredible things he has accomplished. I was honored to meet him.
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What trouble ? He's friggin old, a vet and he can have any friggin thing he wants. I'd be bringing him a steak and a beer. He deserves it.
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Oh I know, couldn't agree more. There's a guy on the staff I talked to about it and he wants to do it too. I'm going to try to figure out something.
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I'd cook and cut up a steak for that gentleman before it's too late and there's nothing wrong with a small glass of beer. You could bring him a pony bottle of Little Kings.
I'd say he earned his steak and a beer.
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He kept coming up to me and telling me that all he wanted was a good steak and a cold beer. I'd love to sneak that in for him, but know how much trouble I could get him in. Unfortunately, Mack's mind is such that he doesn't even remember any of the incredible things he has accomplished. I was honored to meet him.
At his age it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
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I did a rotation through a VA nursing home a while ago, and the residents could have two beers a day as long as their Dr says it's fine. As much as you would like to give him a nice cold beer it might screw with his medications to much.
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He certainly has. I think he had 9 patents. Good guy too. Even an Odoulles in a frosty mug would make his day.
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I did a rotation through a VA nursing home a while ago, and the residents could have two beers a day as long as their Dr says it's fine. As much as you would like to give him a nice cold beer it might screw with his medications to much.
Yeah, that's my concern. I don't want to do more damage than good, but I think the staff member can check for me.
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The VA center here had a list of approved people taped to the side of the beer fridge. It may be different there.
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I'll pay for a nice filet for him. Let me know. I can paypal you the money if you'd like.

Find the closest steakhouse so that it is in good condition when it arrives. I'd go a nice medium/medium rare so that it's not too hard to chew.
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The VA center here had a list of approved people taped to the side of the beer fridge. It may be different there.
Well the staff guy is a vet too, and he said I'd have to talk with the director or whatever his title is, so it's sounds like the policy here is no alcohol. But I'm going to check it out further.
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