Friday, September 1, 2017

Houston VA Employees Wouldn't Let Flood Keep Them Away

‘They can count on us’: Houston VA hospital withstands Harvey, prepares for aftermath


STARS AND STRIPES
By NIKKI WENTLING
Published: August 31, 2017



WASHINGTON — When Hurricane Harvey lashed southeast Texas on Friday and brought punishing rain and devastating floods for days afterward, the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in downtown Houston remained open, operated by about 700 staff members who made the facility their temporary home.
Hospital staff members were sleeping on floors or small cots in their offices or in a small auditorium, Dr. SreyRam Kuy, the associate chief of staff at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, described Wednesday in a post on the VA’s website. Some of them weren’t certain if their homes were flooded, while others saw news footage of their neighborhoods under water.
They stayed to care for about 400 veterans who remained at the hospital, which is also serving as a shelter for homeless veterans and others.
One former U.S. Army Ranger swam through flood waters to reach the hospital Tuesday, where he was treated for a burst appendix, The Associated Press reported.
If you are shocked by VA employees doing something like this, then you don't know many of them! 


Ain't no valley low enough

Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe
Remember the day I set you free

I told you you could always count on me darling

From that day on, I made a vow
I'll be there when you want me
Some way, some how
Oh baby there ain't no mountain high enough

Ain't no valley low enough

Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe
Oh no darling

No wind, no rain

Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
'Cause you are my goal
If you're ever in trouble
I'll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha
My love is alive

Way down in my heart

Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand
I'll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don't you know that there