The Elderly Services Program is honored to serve our military veterans, including our featured client Ernest White. At 95 years old, Mr. White, a twenty-six year Navy Seal officer, has been with Elderly Services since 2011. With the assistance of his lifeline button provided by the program, he has the peace of mind and reassurance to live a full, independent life.
Our country is enriched by the lives our war veterans live and the legacies they will leave behind. To learn about our nation’s past, we must take advantage of present opportunities to learn. We consider one of these opportunities to be in the life of Mr. White. He apologized for being slow on his walker, and though his body stalled, he later proved that his mind persisted.
Mr. White says he is a very fortunate man. As the holder of a doctorate degree, he is thankful to the naval academy for his college education. In 1939, Mr. White took office as a midshipman, and came aboard the US Louisville C 28 in June 1942, six months after the infamous Pearl Harbor attack. Along with 1100 others, he spent 28 months “island hopping” across the Pacific Ocean. From his first combat only six days aboard the ship, to patrolling the Lucian Islands, to the Battle of Guadalcanal, to the unforeseen attack that left the ship “damaged, but not lost”, Mr. White shared his experiences with chronological precision.
As the unforeseen attack left the US Louisville, time has left many our war veterans. Though age may have left them damaged in some way, they certainly are not lost. In fact, we need their stories so that the future of our country can be found. And we at Elderly Services are grateful to Mr. White and the other military veterans we serve for their stories and their sacrifices. Mr. White says he is a fortunate man, but we are the fortunate ones for knowing them.
Elderly Services Program provides Butler County residents with home-based services that can assist with aging-related challenges and help to ensure continued independence.