Albert the Vietnam Vet

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UploadedJuly 21, 2009
TakenJuly 3, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40X
Exposure1/4 sec at f/6.3
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Focal Length18 mm
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Washington D.C.

This is Albert. I met him in Chinatown in D.C. in front of a restaurant called Fodo, a nice Irish pub, my parents and I went to go eat at.

As we looked at the menu he told us that the Shepherd's Pie was out of this world. We turned around and noticed he wore a Georgia Bulldogs hat. My dad asked if he was from Georgia and Albert replied, "I'm from Dublin, Georgia." We told him we were from Spartanburg, SC and low and behold, he used to live there.

Small world.

He told us he has family that lives throughout the Upstate region of South Carolina. My mother asked him, "Why don't you go live with them till you can get your feet back on the ground?" His reply, "I don't want to live with them, I want to make it on my own." How a person that has next to nothing in this world can say those words is remarkable. He is one of the most high-spirited people I have ever met with hope for the future in himself. He knows he doesn't have much. He knows he gets by everyday just barely.

He told me where his former house is located in the county I live in. I live about 15 minutes from there. One day, I'm going to find that house and send him a picture on his blog. Yes, he has a blog: http://touchalifeministry.blogspot.com/
Al is a homeless minister and founder of 'Touch a Life Ministry'

I asked him if I could take his portrait. Of course he agreed. I took a few, I shook his hand and told him I was going to find that house for him.

As my mom and I walked away, I teared up and my mom lost it. He touched us by not what he doesn't have but by his love for life.

When he goes to that library to check his blog, he will see a picture of his house that he used to live in before it got taken away from him.

Once I find it

17 responses

  • Katarina K

    Katarina K said (22 Jul 2009):

    touching...

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    Photo journalism at its best

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    my vote for this terrific shot!

  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    Oh, my! Albert sure picked a tough town to try and make it in. He needs to come back down home. Please let us all know if you ever found that house! Voted.

  • Morgan Harbert

    Morgan Harbert gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    this pictures says a lot and captures generations of time. love it. my vote

  • Sean Rice

    Sean Rice gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    Great portrait, great story. With both you will touch many more lives.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    Wonderfully composed photograph! Such a fantastic interview of this very interesting and honorable veteran. Great job!!!!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    wow! thanks for reminding us of what's important in life. Too many times we walk right past these people, and never stop to see or hear the story. Thanks

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Great story, voted!

  • Adrian Reilly

    Adrian Reilly said (28 Dec 2009):

    Powerful image with a great story :-)

  • Melissa Rieman

    Melissa Rieman gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Wow! Glad you stopped to get this guy's story. It really adds to the shot, which is great in itself, but, Man! Reading that story just does something to ya! Voted!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Fits the theme perfectly.

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (2 Jan 2010):

    A Wonderful Story and an Awesome Portrait!!! Voted: "YEAH!"

  • Valerie Pendred

    Valerie Pendred said (7 Jan 2010):

    great photo!!

  • Eddie Marroquin

    Eddie Marroquin gave props (10 Jan 2010):

    great shot!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    Great entry! Voted!

  • Valerie Pendred

    Valerie Pendred said (18 Feb 2010):

    It was amazing meeting this gentleman in DC when we were their with out son Brandon....

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