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The Volunteer Army
Douglas S. Looney
November 14, 1994
That's what Ed Reinhardt's folks recruited to fight his devastating injury
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November 14, 1994

The Volunteer Army

That's what Ed Reinhardt's folks recruited to fight his devastating injury

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"How do you start the letter?" asks Melonis.

"Dear Friends" says Ed. They discuss the salutation and agree on Dear Eleanor.

"What next?" asks Melonis.

"That's enough. Love, Ed."

Melonis suggests a slightly longer note. She asks him what he will spend the money on. "I have no idea," he says.

An onlooker suggests this sentence: "I plan to spend every cent of it on beer."

Ed thinks that is wonderful—"Yes, yes," he chortles—but Melonis has reservations. "How about magazines?" she says.

"Well, O.K.," says Ed, not thrilled with the alternative.

"Which ones?"

He labors. He fails. He succeeds. Working on his speech and memory, Ed tries to identify a flashlight, a watch, scissors, toothpaste, pencils. He hits and misses.

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