To The Herald-Whig:
I write this in great admiration for the staff and volunteers of our own Illinois Veterans Home.
My father, Harry J. McCarthy, was a World War II Navy veteran, who just passed away July 15, 2011. He spent the last two years of his life, (exactly), at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Prior to his residency at the Illinois Veterans Home I had no idea the great services we have right here in Quincy. From the housekeepers, dietary, clergy, nursing staff, maintenance, activity, grounds keeper, adjunct office personnel (so numerous to mention all) people who daily interact with our veterans to make their last days, good till the end, I hold the utmost regard for their quality care.
I encourage all veterans and their loved ones to check out the many vast opportunities that await you and your family, right in your own backyard. Don't wait until the need arises. Even after death his care continued, from his services and burial and correspondence from the home, I encountered excellent compassion from many.
A heartfelt thank-you to all. It makes me proud to be a daughter of a veteran and a mother of a newly enlisted soldier. God bless America and let's continue to support our veterans and their care providers.