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The reason I served our country

Melvin Montgomery, Sr. - 12/4/2019 8:47:22 AM

Melvin Montgomery, Sr. wrote this post about his reasons for serving and the impact Bosma Enterprises has had on his son who is blind. 

Melvin-(1).jpgFor 28 years, I protected and served this great country in the U.S. Army. I am proud and honored to have served, helping to ensure we as Americans have the liberty to pursue our dreams. Being a veteran gives me a sense of having invested in our country. I believe veterans deserve everything they fought for. I support opportunities created by our government to help our veterans succeed at home. However, every American deserves that same chance. I also fully support the opportunities created by our government for people with disabilities. I fought for the freedom and opportunity of all people.
 
As the parent of a son who lost his sight during my deployment, I understand the challenges and discrimination people who are blind face when looking for employment. Currently, there is a 70% unemployment rate among people who are blind. From my perspective, that is a lot of people robbed of the chance to pursue their American Dream. That is not what I fought for.
 
Because of a federal program called the AbilityOne Program, my son has been afforded a chance to be his own man. Something I wasn’t sure would be possible. He has given me three beautiful grandsons and I couldn’t be prouder in all that he has accomplished. This all happened because someone gave him the chance – the chance to work; the chance to be who he wants to be. That is why I gave so much of my life to the service of our country, because I know what it can be.
 
These programs are vital to the people who work in them. Even with the AbilityOne Program, there is an astoundingly high unemployment rate for people who are blind. We can’t take that away. My son works hard, just like every American in pursuit of a better life.
 
I want to offer my sincerest thanks to the country that has given me so much. Thank you for creating an opportunity for my son to be who he wants to be.