When I die, I'm going to heaven, spent time in hell in the Vietnam War

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident BRE# 01215778

There are many among us still suffering from the affects of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.  We honor those that gave their lives, limbs, mental health and are still enduring the remnants of the war today.

I was fortunate to be a relatively new Realtor in Santa Clarita, California in 1996 and had the good fortune to meet a couple selling their home.  The gentleman was walking through the home with an oxygen tank and apologized for his appearance.  He went on to explain that he was in the Vietnam War and had damaged his lungs from Agent Orange.  I listened intently and compassionately.  His wife was in the background listening and observing.  I explained that the war was no stranger to me as I also was in the Army during this horrendous war.

About four months after our meeting there was a phone call.  The person on the other end of the phone was the wife of this wonderful Veteran.  She wanted to thank me for the love and admiration I had given to her husband.  She explained that her husband had passed away due to the damage caused by Agent Orange.  She went on to say that her house was off the market and that she wanted to move out of state to be with her family.  She asked me if I would list her her home for her.  My heart was truly touched.  We listed her home and sold very soon there after.  She moved to Alabama and was very appreciative.  She has no idea how much her husband touched my heart and how great of an impact she had on my life with that call.

Respectfully,

Tony & Dani Lewis RE/MAX of Valencia

Call/Text us at 661-510-7975

www.TonyLewis.com tonyglewis@yahoo.com

 

Comments (8)

Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

First thank you for your service!Agent Orange is a terrible chemical! I have lost two very good friends to it. RIP Bill and Woody!

Feb 20, 2019 10:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Tony, one of Diane's cousin's husband was also affected by Agent Orange and he has so many allergies, just to name one if he is near an "apple" the fruit..... things can get very bad and the list goes on and on... no-one seems to care about these Veterans.... they were in a war that "public opinion" was not on their side, but like you, served  honorably because they believed in the Constitution and the Principles it stands for.... don't get me started. Congratulation on a wonderful transaction hope you are submitting this to Lisa Von Domek  challenge this month, Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:32 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Tony,

Very sad! I have lost a client to this scourge as well. Really nice man who is very missed. I get together with his widow from time to time.

Feb 20, 2019 10:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Tony... your story touched my heart. Viet Nam was my generation's war and we are still paying for that war in terms of human lives and misery.

Feb 21, 2019 03:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tony. A terrible era for America. Many served fearlessly and were not respected for their service. Agent Orange ruined a lot of lives. Thank you for your service. Enjoy your day!

Feb 21, 2019 03:59 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Thank you for your service to our country Tony Lewis and for sharing this lovely story with us.  Too many of our brave heroes have had to deal with the horrors of war long after they left the field.

Feb 23, 2019 06:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tony- I too thank you for your service and for sharing this very touching story. Our good friend in Delray was in Viet Nam and was one of the survivors of the Nine Days in May battle in 1967. He was shot twice in the back and had to play dead as the NVA walked among them.  We need to make our young people aware of the bravery of all of the men who fought in this war...one that many want to dismiss. Like Endre Barath, Jr. don't get me started. 

Feb 26, 2019 07:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, what a touching story, Tony. 'm so glad his widow reached out to you to help her begin the next chapter of her life too.

Thank you for sharing your story and more importantly, thank you for your service.

 

Mar 04, 2019 06:24 AM