We just want to update everyone on what has been happening in the past few months. In June Of 2007 I participated in the Run for the Warriors at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina winning the 10K in the hand bike division. We had a great weekend visiting our Marines at the Wounded Warrior Barracks and spending some quality time with our good friends Col Tim and Shannon Maxwell, Dan and Pat McMahan, Jim Casti, and others.
In August we attended the First Battalion Fourth Marine reunion at Oceanside California. While in California we were able to visit our troops at Balboa Naval Hospital at San Diego and our Marines at the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Pendleton.
Upon returning home, I went to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital for some test. It was determined that I had one artery that was 100% blocked and two that were 90%--95% blocked. September 3, 2007 I underwent triple by-pass surgery. Although the surgery went exceptionally well, rehab was longer than normal because the doctors wanted to be sure that my sternum healed properly. Doctor's words.." if your sternum doesn't heal right the first time, you're toast".
Other Events Since September
October---- Attended Women Veterans Starlight Dance at American Legion--- Midwest City Ok November-Attended Oklahoma Marines Birthday Luncheon ---Oklahoma City, Ok
November- Participated in Branson Veterans Week as celebrity guest of Branson Veterans Task Force --- Branson, MO December-Christmas Day-- Connie and I visited the Oklahoma City VA hospital--Oklahoma City, Ok
January----Participated in The Edmond Historical Society “Oklahoma Authors” Event
February---Reported for Jury Duty it was postponed until the first week in May
March-------Appointed to Council to the Chief of the Northern Cherokee Nation ---Clinton, MO
April----------Had surgery on my right eye to repair damage perpetuated by Viet Nam injury, more laser surgery in May, not serious.
As you can see we have stayed close to home since the September surgery visiting the Oklahoma City and Tulsa VA's several times. We are presently working on our schedule for the remainder of the year and after Jury Duty in May we will be on the road again.
Eddie R Beesley