Understandably, Ngoc Chau was angry and frustrated by his loss-especially as a former soldier who was well aware of the danger of UXO. But perhaps even more than the pain of the injury was the pain of the financial strain his accident put his family. With no health insurance they had to pay for his treatment on their own, and as a result, the upkeep on his fishing business became more difficult.
Over time and with the aid of his family, neighbors and the peer-support group LSN-V connected him with, Ngoc Chau was able to heal physically and spiritually. With a renewed outlook on life, he sought to remedy his family’s financial needs. Through the Economic Opportunities program at LSN-V, Ngoc Chau received a new fishing net-an integral part of his business. With the new net, his income increased and improved the family’s situation.
As he speaks about his experience, Ngoc Chau shares some of the wisdom he has gained over the years: although persons with disabilities face a distinct set of challenges they also posses a unique strength to overcome. It is society that truly suffers when it fails to recognize a survivor’s capabilities.
Posted By Gretchen Murphy
Posted Jun 24th, 2009