92 year-old veteran sings about times during World War II
With the help of an organization called "Operation Song", a 92-year-old World War II veteran is sharing his story for Veterans Day weekend in the form of a song.
Jay McFall was drafted into World War II and left behind his wife, Vivian, who passed away four years ago.
“I go see her every morning,” McFall said. “We sing, we talk and we have a good time.”
A few months ago, he told a songwriter a story about their marriage so he could sing it to her when he went to visit her grave.
"Vivian" is the title of the song, and every time he thinks about it, he can’t help but cry for his love.
“It’s very touching,” Bobbi Sandifer said. “It's very touching; it's about love. It's about her support of him. It's about times back then.”
McFall won’t forget what it was like fighting in the war.
“The women during World War II they were the real heroes,” said McFall. “They took care of everything while we were gone.”
Bobbi Standifer with Operation Song said post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts five percent of Americans.
She said programs like this help many veterans.
“It's cathartic for them,” Standifer explained. “They say 'oh that was my experience; I've thought that I was the only one doing that.'”
McFall attends the VA center when the program is offered and can tell the difference once the fun begins.
“I see these people coming in with all kind of problems that they have, and all of a sudden for 15 or 20 minutes they seem to be happy,” McFall said.
You can find a link to hear several songs inspired by a story from veterans on Operation Song's website.