He wants me to go back to Missouri to help him work on a few things that still interest him. He wants to die at home and he needs someone there because his wife is close behind and unable to care for him. He wants to die with dignity – at home, under his own terms.
He is one of the last surviving WW II vets and most of his life after he worked in the defense industry with a high security clearance. He helped design the B1 Bomber and worked a lot with the stealth design we rely on today. His job dealt mostly with radar tests. Like WW II, he didn’t talk about it much. Not at all, really.
So I was all set to go and was working out the details. Of course the laws were something always in the back of my mind. How onerous was it going to be? I don’t see how it is possible to go back there. Here in California my address is not listed on the public sex offender registry, but back there it would be. His name and home would be up for ridicule, maybe worse. Maybe some loony-tune would take action. It happens too often. Maybe my help would do more harm than good. Do I take that risk? What if something happened to him, his wife or his home? Some loony-tunes don’t understand the registry and make assumptions. I looked at their registry and didn’t understand it either. All the offenses look similar.
I can hear it now: “You should have thought of that before!” I should have thought of the public registry before there was one. OK, but he doesn’t deserve to die without support. He fought for our freedom and then served our country after and he doesn’t deserve this isolation. And after almost 25 years of being offense free I should be able to go back and help him without putting him and his wife at risk.
Sorry. I didn’t know where else I could vent.
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