Randy, a supply officer in the Navy during the Vietnam War, said he lost his wife 1 1/2 years ago after 44 years of marriage. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
“I couldn’t handle the funeral and walked out,” he said. “She was my best friend.”
Randy said he disappeared after his wife’s funeral, turned to drugs, hid out in the woods and tried to take his life.
A search team, which included his brother and police, found him after he had been passed out in the woods for three days.
“I was Baker Acted and put in a psyche ward,” he said.
Randy later received rehab treatment at the VA Medical Center in Lake Nona. Once his health improved, Veterans Affairs helped him with rental assistance.
He now rents an efficiency apartment in Winter Park.
The Mustard Seed of Central Florida assisted Randy with the necessary furnishings he needed to make his new space into a home.
“God works in mysterious ways,” he said. “I should have been dead after all those drugs I took. I guess I’m still supposed to be here. My work isn’t done.”
May 20, 2019
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April 19, 2019
Join us at Central Florida Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lake Eola! Enjoy more than 250 vendors, live entertainment and delicious food. We hope to see you there!