Veteran makes grand gesture of thanks for Occupational Therapy Day: “For what they did for me”November 30, 2015
MILWAUKEE -- Over the past week, the city of Milwaukee has celebrated Occupational Therapy Day -- and this day came to be, thanks to a veteran at the Milwaukee VA.
The Milwaukee VA has been helping veterans since 1869, and Marybeth Krause is one of the occupational therapists who has helped to get veterans back on their feet.
"They're our nation's heroes. You get to see miracles every day," said Krause.
One of the miracles recently walked into the clinic. That's something veteran Jim Schroeder couldn't do just four years ago.
"I didn't care about anything. I didn't have no attitude until I ran into these people," said Schroeder.
"Jim holds a special place in our heart," said Jillian Taxman, occupational therapist.
Schroeder came to the VA Occupational Therapy Clinic three days a week for four years -- and he credits the work of his therapists for saving his life.
"I want to thank everybody for what they did for me. I wouldn't be around if it wasn't for you," said Schroeder.
Schroeder was so pleased with this group of therapists, he told Governor Scott Walker, who wrote them a thank you letter. And the thanks continued as a proclamation from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was read.
The group was also presented with an American flag that flew on top of the Capitol.
Schroeder lost 40 pounds during his therapy at the VA.
He continues his therapy three days a week by walking with other veterans in the "Walk A Mile Or More" group.