It’s easy to see a homeless man and assume he’s made some terrible choices. Even if he is a veteran.
But this veteran proves one thing is still true – no matter what the circumstance, American soldiers are still the best in the world. The training never leaves you.
Even when the training involves not the killing of the enemy, but the saving of lives…be they wounded troops, or car crash victims.
The Independent Journal Review reports:
Travis Wilson, a veteran having come upon hard times, has found himself homeless.
However, the hero inside of him has not been lost in the slightest.
The story of bravery that Wilson told reporters illustrates one core principal of the US Armed Forces – training. It’s drilled into you for a reason. When a crisis occurs, training needs to be like instinct – you just can’t help yourself.
In this case, Wilson just couldn’t help it – when he witnessed an accident, he saved a life.
Instinctively, Wilson reached inside the vehicle, where he saw blood spattered everywhere, and he proceeded to stabilize the driver’s neck until paramedics could arrive.
“It’s like putting a neck collar on them to stop them from moving their neck. This is instinct.”
Instinct, instinct, instinct. Ask me why US Armed Forces training is the best in the world, and I’ll give you three words.
Wilson, no matter his circumstances, is still a worthy soldier.
But if you ask him about it, he’ll tell you he had no choice.
“You can’t leave the scene. I can’t leave the scene — it doesn’t matter if the vehicle catches on fire. It doesn’t matter. I’m there with him. If we’re gonna die, we’re gonna die together.”
Travis Wilson, a homeless vet, rushed to save victim in serious car accident, stabilized the driver's neck and waited until medics arrived. pic.twitter.com/6aQL0mfUYC
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 20, 2017
But thanks to Wilson, neither he nor his patient is dead.
It’s an obvious point, but it bears repeating – our military men and women are the best of the best of us, at home and in the field. And they deserve our respect.
Even those of them that are sleeping on the street.
Source: Independent Journal Review