Marines Overrun Hospital To Help Brother In Arms
Bobby Donald Diaz, a man who once served in The Marine Corps, was sitting in his hospital bed in Houston after suffering a stroke.
He made a small request of his family. They were asked to track down a few of his buddies from the Corps to come and visit him.
The family took to social media and Marine-dedicated sites hoping to get responses. Their tactic worked, but not in the way they had initially thought it would.
Marines of all ages have overrun the hospital where Diaz is staying. Few, if any, had actually met him prior to visiting his room. That doesn’t matter to them, though.
“I just heard there was a fellow brother in here and I wanted to come check on you and make sure you’re all right,” one Marine told him.
“Nothing more important than a brother. Semper Fi,” another stated.
“We’ve come to get you well,” said a Marine upon meeting Diaz during his visit.
Repeated greetings of “Hey! Semper Fi brother” have been heard.
Diaz has already received over 100 visits from fellow Marines.
His wife, Marilyn was overwhelmed by the response. “It’s astonishing. I had no idea this could happen.”
Bobby, himself, is both thrilled and grateful for the encouragement. “When you feel bad, you can’t feel bad because all your brothers are here,” he explained. “Couldn’t be a nicer bunch of people to support you.”
According to Diaz’s son, the visits are making an impact. “It’s bringing his spirit up highly. Very good, very good for him,” he revealed.
“There’s a lot of loneliness in the world,” said visitor Albert Moguel. “This guy asked for Marines to visit him. So I challenged my other fellow Marines to visit him. I’m pretty sure it will be (more) crowded later.” Moguel knows about rising to a challenge. He is a 3 time Purple Heart recipient.
The support is spreading outside the confines of Diaz’s room. Monday, word got out that there was another Marine a few rooms down the hall. Marines have begun stopping by to see him as well.
“It just goes to show you,” Diaz said. “Marine Corps: once a brother, always a brother, no matter what.”
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan