Throughout my life I have met some wonderful people; and we all know people come and go. But every now and then some stay in your heart and you hope someday you will see each other again. 

I met Ross G over 30 years ago when I worked for the Bureau. We didn’t work together or neither was in the same Unit and/or department…we where just friends. Ross worked for the Bureau a little over five years. He was also a Security Specialist for the US Air Force and a Field Radio Operator for the US Marine Corps Reserves; both combined a little over six years. Through my movements within the organization I lost contact with Ross. Now being retired I sit back and try to think of people that I have met and wonder where they are today. After some researching I found Ross in 2018. This past weekend I finally had the opportunity to see him again.

To me Ross was (and still is) a unique person. You can put Ross in the 1960’s era and he would fit right in – definitely could fit in as a Black Panther member 🙂 😉  He had (and still does) a heart of gold. Would do anything for you. As they say “take the shirt off his back.”  Ross enjoys photography. He use to go to the Clubs, set up his backdrop and take photographs. He can’t do that anymore but he still enjoys shooting 🙂

Ross’s life hasn’t been easy as I would hope. During our visit we sat back and laughed (wasn’t funny at the time) about the time he was living in Maryland and had a motorcycle accident. Instead of people HELPING HIM, they helped themselves by taking his watch and motorcycle and left him laying in the road. Yes a true story. Still Strong. As of today Ross has had three back surgeries (Still Strong), two head surgeries (Still Strong), neck surgery (Still Strong), diabetic (Still Strong), arthritis (Still Strong) and glaucoma (Still Strong). Another side humor: Ross has a hospital bed in his apartment. One night he fell out the bed and broke his collar bone. After he finally healed, he fell out of the bed again and broke the other collar bone. Sometimes luck just doesn’t fall his way (no pun intended). But…Still Strong. 

Ross is truly blessed being a Vet. Without those benefits he doesn’t know how he could survive. With all the medications and visits to the VA Center he keeps going forward. Ross told me you have to have patience with the VA. You don’t walk in there and things happen right away. I’m glad transportation is available that picks him up for each appointment and brings him back home. You do get frustrated but that’s the part of hurry up and wait. 

I asked Ross if I could photograph him around his home and he said yes. I asked if I could write about him and he said yes. Of course I will be mailing him every photograph that I took of him. I asked him if he had a message what would it be. Ross quote: “Never give up. As long as you’re breathing there’s always a way”. 

PHOTOGRAPHS OF RODD BURL GRINAGE

PHOTOGRAPHS OF RODD BURL GRINAGE

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